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ELECTION 2014: Turn out expected to be 30 per cent in Swindon

Swindon Advertiser: ELECTION 2014: Turn out expected to be 30 per cent in Swindon ELECTION 2014: Turn out expected to be 30 per cent in Swindon

PEOPLE across Swindon have been heading out to the polls today to vote in the local and European elections.

The polls opened at 7am and will stay open until 10pm this evening.

The exact turnout in Swindon is expected to be in the region of 30 per cent.

Despite forecasts of heavy rain, the bad weather has stayed away for much of the day so it was hoped it would not have had an impact.

For many polling stations, located at schools, community centres, churches and even a pub, it was a slow start but as people are finishing work there is set to be a spike in numbers coming in to vote.

In the local elections there are a total of 20 seats up for grabs. In most wards there is one contested seat with the exception of Ridgeway, where there were none, and St Andrews, where there are two.

The count for the European elections will take place on Sunday night so the results of Swindon’s contribution to the South West region, of which there are six MEPs, will be announced then.

Despite concerns that people would not be interested, those who have voted say it is important everyone has their say. 

Casting his vote at Commonweal School, 43-year-old Matthew Simpson said: “I vote every time but I think this year is important because of all the contentious issues around Europe.

“Because there is so much going on it is important everyone has their say.”

At Stratton, Rachel Loveless, 20, said: “I think it’s important everyone votes no matter how old. If you don’t vote then you can’t moan if something happens you don’t like.

“I think a lot of older people vote because they have know a lot more about the world. A lot of younger people don’t really have an interest in politics.”

A significant factor in this year’s vote is the increasing popularity of postal voting.

More than 28,000 forms were sent out, of which around 60 per cent will be returned.

Among those using a postal vote is 84-year-old David Walden, of Redhouse.

He said: “I have already sent my vote. It makes things a lot easier and saves going out on the day.

“I think these days a lot of people struggle to find the time to go out and this makes it a lot easier. Everyone should vote as it’s very important.”

However, despite some people’s thoughts on voting, not everyone has headed to the polls today.

Louis Eton, 21, said: “I do not think it is the politicians which make a big difference in my life. It is more important what I do – that affects my life more. Most of the parties are the same so I do not bother.”

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6:46pm Thu 22 May 14

Hmmmf says...

Adver wrote:
The exact turnout in Swindon is expected to be in the region of 30 per cent.

Precision reportage.
[quote][p][bold]Adver[/bold] wrote: The exact turnout in Swindon is expected to be in the region of 30 per cent. [/quote] Precision reportage. Hmmmf
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6:56pm Thu 22 May 14

barlizard says...

Dismal that Swindons future will be decided by 30% of the electorate!
Dismal that Swindons future will be decided by 30% of the electorate! barlizard
  • Score: 2

8:04pm Thu 22 May 14

back_to_reality says...

Doesn't matter. If the remaining 70% have no interest and are therefore not qualified to make an informed decision, then why worry about their lost votes? Let the 30% who are interested make their choice.
Doesn't matter. If the remaining 70% have no interest and are therefore not qualified to make an informed decision, then why worry about their lost votes? Let the 30% who are interested make their choice. back_to_reality
  • Score: 4

8:23pm Thu 22 May 14

house on the hill says...

do we know what the national turn out is likely to be, are we any different?
do we know what the national turn out is likely to be, are we any different? house on the hill
  • Score: 0

6:51am Fri 23 May 14

ChannelX says...

The low turnout will be a Godsend to the Labour mob today... anything to try and pretend their lot didn't get their noses rubbed in it yesterday.
The low turnout will be a Godsend to the Labour mob today... anything to try and pretend their lot didn't get their noses rubbed in it yesterday. ChannelX
  • Score: 3

7:43am Fri 23 May 14

LordAshOfTheBrake says...

back_to_reality wrote:
Doesn't matter. If the remaining 70% have no interest and are therefore not qualified to make an informed decision, then why worry about their lost votes? Let the 30% who are interested make their choice.
I wouldn't assume the voting 30% know much better. Far too many people vote for the colour without understanding the policies.
[quote][p][bold]back_to_reality[/bold] wrote: Doesn't matter. If the remaining 70% have no interest and are therefore not qualified to make an informed decision, then why worry about their lost votes? Let the 30% who are interested make their choice.[/p][/quote]I wouldn't assume the voting 30% know much better. Far too many people vote for the colour without understanding the policies. LordAshOfTheBrake
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11:07am Fri 23 May 14

twasadawf says...

Voting should be compulsory even a spoiled vote makes a statement quess some of those on here didn't vote but still have plenty to say/moan about
Voting should be compulsory even a spoiled vote makes a statement quess some of those on here didn't vote but still have plenty to say/moan about twasadawf
  • Score: 1

1:29pm Fri 23 May 14

back_to_reality says...

LordAshOfTheBrake wrote:
back_to_reality wrote: Doesn't matter. If the remaining 70% have no interest and are therefore not qualified to make an informed decision, then why worry about their lost votes? Let the 30% who are interested make their choice.
I wouldn't assume the voting 30% know much better. Far too many people vote for the colour without understanding the policies.
"I wouldn't assume the voting 30% know much better."

Good. Neither do I.
[quote][p][bold]LordAshOfTheBrake[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]back_to_reality[/bold] wrote: Doesn't matter. If the remaining 70% have no interest and are therefore not qualified to make an informed decision, then why worry about their lost votes? Let the 30% who are interested make their choice.[/p][/quote]I wouldn't assume the voting 30% know much better. Far too many people vote for the colour without understanding the policies.[/p][/quote]"I wouldn't assume the voting 30% know much better." Good. Neither do I. back_to_reality
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