Cornwall Council Election Turnout
As with any election the turnout varies, this could because a few reasons like high profile local issues and whether or not there is another election taking place at the same time. For Cornwall the main election was for Cornwall Council, but there was also many town and parish elections too.
I think we all wish the turnout is high, however the reality is very different with the turnout rarely above 50% for local elections. I always find this strange as the local council like Cornwall Council has so much influence on people’s day to day lives. I would say more than our actual government.
So how was the turnout for the 123 Cornwall Council seats?
Top five Cornwall Council Division voter turnouts
- Rame Peninsula – 49%
- Looe West, Lansallos – 48%
- Roseland – 48%
- Feock & Playing Place – 47%
- Menheniot – 38%
Bottom five Cornwall Council Division voter turnout
- Newquay Central – 18%
- Redruth Central – 21%
- St Dennis and Nanpean – 21%
- Newquay Treloggan – 22%
- Redruth North – 23%
For my local area the turn out is as follows:
- For Porthleven and Helston West – 32%
- Helston North – 36%
- Helston South – 27%
The big question is how do we increase voter turnout? I find it really hard to understand why people cannot take 10 minutes to turn up at a polling station and vote. Furthermore, there is an even more simpler way to vote via the postal vote. This method has your ballot papers sent to you and all you have to do it put an X in the box and post is back to electoral services. Simple.
Anyone got the solution?