Peter entered the burrow looking quite pleased with himself.
“I’ve decided that we should have an election!” he said. “I’ve got a rosette and everything! Vote for me!!”
Jessica looked at Peter.
“Firstly, that’s my rosette” she said. “secondly, what are we voting for?”
“What?” asked Peter. “You’re voting for me! Vote for me!”
“No, you misunderstand” she replied “If we vote for you, what do we get?”
“More carrots!” said Peter happily.
At this point, Colin entered the small room. He listened for a little while, then spoke.
“Peter, it is good that you are taking an interest in these things, but there are a couple of problems with your approach. First, you are the only person people can vote for – we need a choice. Secondly, you can’t say that if we vote for you we’ll get something we will already have.”
“Unless”.. Peter added, “there was a plan to stop you from getting that.”
“Is there?” asked Jessica worriedly. “Are they going to ration carrots?”
“No” said Colin. “There is no plan. Peter is being silly.”
“Well that’s alright” said Jessica. “I like carrots.”
“So do I” said Peter. “That’s why if you vote for me I’ll make sure that there are more carrots!”
“That will do with the talk about carrots” said Colin. “It’s making me hungry. I know, let’s have an election; Jessica, would you agree to be the other voting choice against Peter?”
“Oh, I don’t know” said Jessica, “I’m not sure what I can offer.”
Colin thought for a moment, then said
“If you could, what would you like to see more of?”
“Well, I always find that I don’t have enough brightly coloured crayons for my pictures. So I guess I could stand for that.”
“Excellent” encouraged Colin. “Now Peter, forgetting carrots for the moment, what would you like to see more of?”
Peter thought hard. You could see he was thinking hard as he screwed up his face as you do when you think hard. Then he said
“Paper. I never have enough paper. I always make mistakes when I’m drawing and have to start again.”
“Well that’s excellent” said Colin. “Jessica, you are campaigning for people to vote for more coloured crayons and Peter you are campaigning for people to vote for more paper to draw on. You go and get support for your campaigns and I’ll organise the voting part. Oh and Peter; no talk about more carrots.”
Jessica and Peter ran off in different directions to start their campaigning. Peter drew several posters saying “Vote for me”. He only wanted to draw one, but he kept spelling things wrong and having to start again. Colin also pointed out after the tenth attempt that he ought to also put his name on the poster so that people would know to vote for him and not Jessica… and that took another six tries. Jessica only drew one poster, and in truth didn’t really finish it because… well, there weren’t enough colours. Colin, spoke to Eldritch the elder bunny to be the official and make sure that the voting was conducted properly.
On the morning of the election, Colin explained to all the bunnies that they could only vote for either Jessica or Peter. He gave Jessica and Peter a few moments to talk about why people should vote for them (with the warning that Peter was not to talk about carrots) and then declared the voting open.
As he walked away, Colin saw Millicent in the corner.
“Hello Millicent” said Colin, “Are you going to vote?”
“I don’t know” said Millicent. “To be honest, I don’t really know which one to vote for. I should vote for my friend Jessica, but I do make mistakes when I’m drawing, so I should vote for Peter. It’s all very hard really.”
“Well” replied Colin. “It’s your vote and you should choose to vote for the person you think will help you most. You don’t need to tell anyone who you voted for and I don’t think you’re the only one that isn’t sure.”
Later that day, Colin said that the opportunity to vote had finished, and he and Eldritch counted the voting papers. Once that was done, everyone gathered in the hall. Eldritch stood up to address the warren.
“This has been a very interesting affair” he said. “I’m pleased to say that of the fourty five rabbits in the warren we received sixty two votes, so well done everyone. There were only two voting papers that were marked spoiled; one had a carrot drawn on it…”
“That was me!” exclaimed Peter. Everyone laughed. Eldritch looked down at Peter and continued.
“….. and one had a half completed butterfly drawn across it.”
Eldritch then looked at Jessica, who looked back and smiled.
“So what was the final result?” asked Colin.
“So I counted 39 votes for Jessica…” started Eldritch. Jessica smiled.
“… and 45 votes for Peter. Peter wins!”
Colin looked carefully at Eldritch. “Hang on” Colin said cautiously. “There are forty five rabbits in the warren and yet you got sixty two votes! Then, of the sixty votes, you counted 86 votes!”
Eldritch twitched his moustache.
“I guess I should have told you that my numbers aren’t very good” he said. Colin smiled supportively.
“No, that’s fine Eldritch. You helped me out and I’m thankful. And as the official for this, you have the final vote… so Peter wins.”
Everybody clapped and cheered.
“Thank you everyone!” said Peter happily. “I would like to thank Jessica for running against me – and I too would like more crayons so I will look to make that happen. In the meantime, carrots for everyone!”
everybody cheered again.
After, Colin approached Peter and asked, “so, where are you going to get the extra paper from?”
Peter pointed at the pile of paper in the corner of the room. “Over there” he said.
Colin looked quizzically at Peter. “But’s that’s where we get all the paper from now!” he exclaimed. “Oh dear, you are going to be a good politician!”
Colin, Jessica and Millicent: Naughty Rabbits by fluffyhouse.com
Eldritch and Peter: Labbits by Kidrobot.