Seven year old sent polling card for today's European Elections

Hereford Times: Phoebe Williams, seven, has been sent a polling card for today's European Elections. Picture: James Maggs. Phoebe Williams, seven, has been sent a polling card for today's European Elections. Picture: James Maggs.

A SEVEN-year-old girl will be among those heading to the polls for the European Elections today.

When two polling cards dropped through Maria Davies' door, the 30-year-old said she was confused to say the least.

Maria, who lives in the Whitecross area of Hereford, said: "I'm the only adult who lives in the house so I didn't know why there would be two cards. I was even more confused when I saw the second card was addressed to my seven-year-old daughter, Phoebe."

Phoebe, a pupil at Lord Scudamore Academy in Hereford, enjoys playing outdoors, swimming and running more than she does politics.

"I thought it was a bit weird when I first saw the card, so I called a relative to double-check that you still had to be 18 to vote, and he said yes. I just laughed," Maria said.

"I told Phoebe about it. I said to her that she could now have her say in the Parliamentary elections. She didn't have a clue what I was on about. But for her age she is fairly politically aware - she knows who David Cameron is and where he lives."

Maria said that if Phoebe had her say she would probably put Top Gear presenter and local man Richard Hammond in power.

"Phoebe loves Top Gear but when I try to explain to her about how voting works she doesn't really pay any attention. But she'll probably come with me when I vote," Maria added.

Fifty-three candidates are fighting for West Midlands seats at the elections today.

Herefordshire forms part of the West Midlands constituency that goes as far north as the Peak District and as far east as east as Rugby in Warwickshire.

West Midlands voters return seven Members of the European Parliament (MEPs). MEPs are elected on the basis of proportional representation.

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