Turnout as low as 11.5% for Hampshire police commissioner vote

Daily Echo: Turnout as low as 11.5% for police commissioner vote Turnout as low as 11.5% for police commissioner vote

Voter turnout was as low as 11.5 per cent in certain parts of Hampshire in the first ever Police and Crime Commissioner election.

It meant the turnout was even worse than the pessimistic predictions on the eve of the election, which forecast that fewer than one in five people would cast their vote. Areas such as Gosport saw as few as one in ten people turning out.

And only 13 per cent of people in Southampton took part in the ballot, with only three other local authorities across the county seeing worse turnouts.

They were Gosport, which had the lowest turnout of all with 11.5 per cent, Portsmouth with 11.6 per cent and Rushmoor, where 12.3 per cent of residents voted.

The highest turnout in Hampshire came in Winchester, where 20.2 per cent of the electorate filled in their ballot papers.

Elsewhere, Test Valley clocked up a 17.9 per cent turnout and the New Forest managed 16.3 per cent.

Just 16.2 per cent of Eastleigh residents cast their vote, while Fareham saw a turnout of 14.7 per cent.

The figures come in well below the national average turnout, which latest figures reveal to be around 18.5 per cent.

The winner of the Hampshire vote is expected to be announced in Southampton Guildhall this afternoon.

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2:25pm Fri 16 Nov 12

andre72 says...

Well that's what happens when you run a rushed, poorly explained, and minimally advertised election.
Well that's what happens when you run a rushed, poorly explained, and minimally advertised election. andre72
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2:27pm Fri 16 Nov 12

newjerseychick says...

Maybe due to people not receiving the leaflet that should have been sent out? Not everyone has access to the Internet to look at the candidates info or can be bothered? I never received the leaflet nor did my neighbours and family who live in soton didn't either. I voted after looking the info up online.
Maybe due to people not receiving the leaflet that should have been sent out? Not everyone has access to the Internet to look at the candidates info or can be bothered? I never received the leaflet nor did my neighbours and family who live in soton didn't either. I voted after looking the info up online. newjerseychick
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8:58pm Wed 21 Nov 12

Terry_Nutkins says...

It's not really a choice though is it. Which of their chosen candidates we want.

Now a real choice would be whether we had a police commissioner or NOT but that choice was already predetermined so I'm with those not bothering to vote & avoiding pandering to media prevarication!
It's not really a choice though is it. Which of their chosen candidates we want. Now a real choice would be whether we had a police commissioner or NOT but that choice was already predetermined so I'm with those not bothering to vote & avoiding pandering to media prevarication! Terry_Nutkins
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3:11pm Thu 22 Nov 12

TheGooseisLoose says...

i want harvey dent to be my commissioner
i want harvey dent to be my commissioner TheGooseisLoose
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