Harvington twins get the vote... aged 18 months

Evesham Journal: TWIN MISTAKE: Finley and Lennon Tarry (44165703) Buy this photo TWIN MISTAKE: Finley and Lennon Tarry (44165703)

MOST of us have to wait until we are 18-years-old before receiving polling cards to vote in elections.

But twin brothers from Harvington, near Evesham, received their cards at only 18 months old after their family accidentally registered them to vote in the Police Crime Commissioner elections next week.

Despite Lennon and Finley Tarry not being able to check any boxes, their grandad Kevin Hurdman said he may still take them down to the polling station anyway.

Mr Hurdman, of Village Street, said the situation has caused a lot of laughter within the family.

“We had quite a chuckle and found the whole thing quite amusing,” he said.

“We are not up in arms about it, it seems quite funny. I could have filled it out for the twins. I may take them down with me on Thursday to the polling station regardless.”

The twins mother, Harriet Hurdman, said: “I found it amusing. I was confused as I thought you had to be 18 to vote. Other people have found it hilarious.”

Elaine Dicks, Electoral Services Manager at Wychavon, said: “We ask people to declare anyone who is over eighteen in the household and this is a legal declaration which we have to take on good faith.

“On rare occasions residents do get confused and think they need to list everyone who lives with them.”

Voting for the new position will take place on Thursday, November 15.

For more information visit choosemypcc.org.uk or call 0800 1070708 for printed information.

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6:12pm Tue 13 Nov 12

GroovyChick says...

Why is this a news story?
Why is this a news story? GroovyChick
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7:29pm Tue 13 Nov 12

reflector says...

Oh dear - we get these stories from time to time. If I was a parent so stupid as to register an eighteen month old child (let alone two!) to vote, I would want to hang my head in shame and hope that no-one ever found out - not run to the papers with such a piece of nonsense. Shame on the press too to give them publicity!

What ought to happen is that the Electoral Registration Officer should prosecute them for making a false declaration in the first place.
Oh dear - we get these stories from time to time. If I was a parent so stupid as to register an eighteen month old child (let alone two!) to vote, I would want to hang my head in shame and hope that no-one ever found out - not run to the papers with such a piece of nonsense. Shame on the press too to give them publicity! What ought to happen is that the Electoral Registration Officer should prosecute them for making a false declaration in the first place. reflector
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8:31am Wed 14 Nov 12

katiekins says...

I agree with both comments...
I agree with both comments... katiekins
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9:39am Wed 14 Nov 12

Frank Gannett says...

reflector wrote:
Oh dear - we get these stories from time to time. If I was a parent so stupid as to register an eighteen month old child (let alone two!) to vote, I would want to hang my head in shame and hope that no-one ever found out - not run to the papers with such a piece of nonsense. Shame on the press too to give them publicity!

What ought to happen is that the Electoral Registration Officer should prosecute them for making a false declaration in the first place.
Sorry but prosecuting them? Are you sick?

I for one believe this to be a worthy news story; certainly more so than the non-news of McDonalds extending its opening hours, which WN saw fit to shove down our throats.

Good pic too.
[quote][p][bold]reflector[/bold] wrote: Oh dear - we get these stories from time to time. If I was a parent so stupid as to register an eighteen month old child (let alone two!) to vote, I would want to hang my head in shame and hope that no-one ever found out - not run to the papers with such a piece of nonsense. Shame on the press too to give them publicity! What ought to happen is that the Electoral Registration Officer should prosecute them for making a false declaration in the first place.[/p][/quote]Sorry but prosecuting them? Are you sick? I for one believe this to be a worthy news story; certainly more so than the non-news of McDonalds extending its opening hours, which WN saw fit to shove down our throats. Good pic too. Frank Gannett
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9:41am Wed 14 Nov 12

MJI says...

Did they register them to vote or did they just put the age down as 18 months and the council got confused?
Did they register them to vote or did they just put the age down as 18 months and the council got confused? MJI
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10:32am Wed 14 Nov 12

Fishy says...

reflector wrote:
Oh dear - we get these stories from time to time. If I was a parent so stupid as to register an eighteen month old child (let alone two!) to vote, I would want to hang my head in shame and hope that no-one ever found out - not run to the papers with such a piece of nonsense. Shame on the press too to give them publicity! What ought to happen is that the Electoral Registration Officer should prosecute them for making a false declaration in the first place.
Parents making a mistake on a form thanks to juggling completion of it with caring for two toddlers is hardly a crime - it's human! A prosecution would achieve nothing except wasting public money and causing distress.

Secondly - whilst the story is hardly of national importance it's great to see a light hearted article in the paper from time to time especially one accompanied by a picture of two cute kids.
[quote][p][bold]reflector[/bold] wrote: Oh dear - we get these stories from time to time. If I was a parent so stupid as to register an eighteen month old child (let alone two!) to vote, I would want to hang my head in shame and hope that no-one ever found out - not run to the papers with such a piece of nonsense. Shame on the press too to give them publicity! What ought to happen is that the Electoral Registration Officer should prosecute them for making a false declaration in the first place.[/p][/quote]Parents making a mistake on a form thanks to juggling completion of it with caring for two toddlers is hardly a crime - it's human! A prosecution would achieve nothing except wasting public money and causing distress. Secondly - whilst the story is hardly of national importance it's great to see a light hearted article in the paper from time to time especially one accompanied by a picture of two cute kids. Fishy
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8:55am Thu 15 Nov 12

reflector says...

Fishy wrote:
reflector wrote:
Oh dear - we get these stories from time to time. If I was a parent so stupid as to register an eighteen month old child (let alone two!) to vote, I would want to hang my head in shame and hope that no-one ever found out - not run to the papers with such a piece of nonsense. Shame on the press too to give them publicity! What ought to happen is that the Electoral Registration Officer should prosecute them for making a false declaration in the first place.
Parents making a mistake on a form thanks to juggling completion of it with caring for two toddlers is hardly a crime - it's human! A prosecution would achieve nothing except wasting public money and causing distress.

Secondly - whilst the story is hardly of national importance it's great to see a light hearted article in the paper from time to time especially one accompanied by a picture of two cute kids.
It is actually an offence to make a false declaration on an electoral registration form although I agree not the crime of the century.

However, the accuracy of the register of electors, on which our democracy depends, does rely on people taking this seriously and not regarding the registering of 18 month old twins to vote as being 'hilarious' and an easy way of getting your name and your children's picture in the paper. If it was a genuine mistake in this case, as I said, I would have thought that those responsible would have wanted it kept quiet, rather than letting everyone see how foolish they have been.
[quote][p][bold]Fishy[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]reflector[/bold] wrote: Oh dear - we get these stories from time to time. If I was a parent so stupid as to register an eighteen month old child (let alone two!) to vote, I would want to hang my head in shame and hope that no-one ever found out - not run to the papers with such a piece of nonsense. Shame on the press too to give them publicity! What ought to happen is that the Electoral Registration Officer should prosecute them for making a false declaration in the first place.[/p][/quote]Parents making a mistake on a form thanks to juggling completion of it with caring for two toddlers is hardly a crime - it's human! A prosecution would achieve nothing except wasting public money and causing distress. Secondly - whilst the story is hardly of national importance it's great to see a light hearted article in the paper from time to time especially one accompanied by a picture of two cute kids.[/p][/quote]It is actually an offence to make a false declaration on an electoral registration form although I agree not the crime of the century. However, the accuracy of the register of electors, on which our democracy depends, does rely on people taking this seriously and not regarding the registering of 18 month old twins to vote as being 'hilarious' and an easy way of getting your name and your children's picture in the paper. If it was a genuine mistake in this case, as I said, I would have thought that those responsible would have wanted it kept quiet, rather than letting everyone see how foolish they have been. reflector
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