The People Have Voted
The once in a lifetime chance to take part in a Referendum has passed. It took me less than 30 seconds to complete, and I was the only person in the polling station (apart from the election staff). I will tick it off the list of things to do, but it will not be a chart topper in that list.
The turnout was better than expected with the South West having a turnout of 44.6% (1.8 million people); with Cornwall’s turnout 40.2%, (and double what I predicted in a previous blog).
The result was a resounding No to AV. The split of the vote is as follows:
No to AV – 117,770 (69.71%)
Yes to AV – 51,184 (30.29%)
cast with 279 spoiled ballot papers
You can’t argue with the result and the winning margin. The people have voted and made it very clear what they think. Out of the 37 areas in the South West Region, not a single one voted in favour of Yes to AV.
The result UK wide is:
No to AV – 12,640,417 (68.31%)
Yes to AV – 5,863,519 (31.69%)
The Electoral Commission has a great website HERE