Did you vote? Low Turnout at Police Elections


A BBC cameraman looks over the Vote count in Southampton Guildhall

Low turnout has marred the first election of a Police and Crime Commissioner, with election turnout in Southampton at 13.3%.

The result of the Hampshire Vote is yet to be announced.

Combined eligible electorate of Hampshire and Isle of Wight is 1,448,374. Turnout is confirmed as 15%. These figures reflect the national average, with turnout mostly between 10-20%.

This compares to turnout in the National elections on 6 May 2010 at 65.1%.

Today, via twitter, Downing Street have blamed the low turnout in part on lack of coverage by London Media: “The national media have not covered themselves in glory.” #pcc’

A debate is now ensuing across media and government as to why turnout has been so dismal.

Some voters have damned the lack of attendance at the Police elections to be blamed on a lazy electorate, not using their right to vote. However, some voters have complained of a lack of information available to them about the candidates running for the role.

Some are reported to have either spoiled their ballots, or not voted at all, because they disagree with the idea of an elected, possibly political, Police chief. Some have also warned not to assume that low turnout means apathy, but instead is an active decision not to turnout to vote.

The polls were open on Thursday 15 November from 7am to 10pm across the UK.

Follow the Wessex Scene for results as they appear in Southampton.


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