Bank holidays, royal weddings and doorstep etiquette

A four-day Easter Bank Holiday weekend meant there were plenty of volunteer door-knockers and leaflet-deliverers off work and available for duty.

The weather could not have been more perfect.

Image caption Is it good etiquette to go door knocking on a royal wedding day?

For the first time in years, electoral leaflets and party newsletters did not land on my doorstep looking like a pile of soggy papier-mâché.

With Easter being so late this year, reinforcements from Parliament were also available.

I follow most of the twittering Yorkshire and North Midlands MPs, and at times it seemed as though all of them were giving me hourly reports on the perfect "doorstep" weather.

In some cases, the streets simply were not big enough.

"Seems Labour have decided to leaflet the same estate as us," posted Pudsey Tory MP Stuart Andrew on Easter Sunday.

Good etiquette?

The 2011 canvassing calendar has yet another favourable twist to come.

The royal wedding and May Day provide another four-day weekend.

That has created an unexpected talking point among a group of canvassers I met in Sheffield this week.

Is it good etiquette to go door knocking on a royal wedding day? I don't think that's a question I have heard before.

I posted that as a discussion point on my @Tinglepolitics Twitter account. Within seconds I had a "no it's not" from a follower. It could develop into an interesting debate.

Any boost in voter numbers provided by the timing of so many bank holidays just before polling day may be much-needed.

Most market research backs up the feedback I am getting myself.

Falling voter numbers

This could be one of the lowest election turnouts in political history despite the added impetus of the first national referendum since 1975.

AV's "Yes" and "No" camps have hardly grabbed the popular imagination to reverse the trend of falling voter numbers at stand-alone council elections.

There are a couple of other issues for the bank holiday door-to-door campaigners.

The Post Office delivered the last of the postal vote packs on Easter Saturday, and the official advice is to send them back by return of post.

That could mean that as many as one in three doors will be answered by people who have already voted.

Oh, and rain is forecast for the final long bank holiday weekend before polling day.