Some groups have been calling for weekend voting for years. The Children referendum was held on a Saturday and got a woeful turnout.
So what is your feeling on Saturday voting?
Is it still a good idea, or bad idea, or what? (This isn't a thread about the children referendum itself, just on the issue of Saturday voting, which is why it is in the elections forum.)
Personally I have been skeptical about the idea of Saturday voting. The feedback I got from family and friends about it this time was uniformly negative.
1. People found it inconvenient. Many people have existing plans for Saturdays - from going to sports to attending weddings (many people choose to have weddings at the weekend if they can). They found it a nuisance having to fit in a trip to the polling station given their normal schedule for Saturdays. Weekdays they found OK because for many they could pop into the polling station going to or coming from work. But for quite a few it involved adding in an additional journey on a busy day.
2. Childcare was a problem. While weekday voting closes down some schools not all schools are closed, so many parents are unaffected and even those that are if they have kids at different types of school may only have to cope with having one child home. On the weekend they have all their kids to look after as all the schools are closed.
3. Human beings are creatures of habit and are used to Thursday or Friday voting - which as I said they can fit in while going to or coming from work. Some people intended to vote later in the day but entirely forgot because Saturday voting was so unusual. (One guy on a website described his and his wife's day - from involvement in sports to arranging events for kids to sitting down watching Saturday night TV. It entirely slipped his and his wife's mind. They were sitting in front of the TV when they suddenly remembered but by then the polling station was closed. Those of us interested in politics may always remember these things. But many people don't follow the news rigidly and don't watch the news bulletin, so it simply slipped their mind.
My gut feeling is that Saturday voting is not worth using again. People are better able to accommodate voting on a work day. Weekends, with schools closed and other things happening are just now suited for voting.
What say you?