Police tsar poll branded “a comedy of errors” over poor turnout

The Electoral Reform Society has lambasted the government’s handling of the Police & Crime Commissioner elections as a “comedy of errors“, predicting a record low turnout of 18.5%.

The ERS said:

“This election has been a comedy of errors from start to finish. Polling stations are standing empty because voters knew next to nothing about the role, let alone the candidates they were expected to pick from.”

Meanwhile, anecdotes on Twitter suggest an appallingly low turnout, which will damage the PCC role before it has even been won.

If the ERS are correct, and turnout when the polling stations have closed is 18.5%, it will be the lowest turnout in an election since 1945 — beating the 1999 EU Parliament elections, which saw 23% of voters cast their ballots.

Having insisted on holding the vote in November, no wonder Theresa May looked so desperate as she did the media rounds at the weekend.

6 Comments

  1. Paul
    Posted November 15, 2012 at 4:55 pm | Permalink

    Postal votes will get it up to around 15-18% according to the back of my envelope

  2. Posted November 15, 2012 at 5:10 pm | Permalink

    Paul, you were supposed to have posted that envelope with your vote in it.

    I was number 6 at my polling station at 8:30, 90 minutes after opening. I didn’t expect this statistic to put it at one of the busiest.

  3. Posted November 15, 2012 at 5:43 pm | Permalink

    Voted since it is a civic duty.
    Local turnout, as expected, very poor.

  4. Posted November 15, 2012 at 5:58 pm | Permalink

    Don’t have them in Scotland. Thank god.

  5. Andy Smith
    Posted November 15, 2012 at 6:04 pm | Permalink

    Low turnout suits the Tories just fine – this is their pet policy for their key constituency the “outraged of Tunbridge Wells” brigade. No one else cares apart from those of us who are motivated to oppose the Tories at every opportunity.

  6. Posted November 15, 2012 at 8:42 pm | Permalink

    We are live blogging – http://www.wrexham.com/news/wrexham-goes-to-the-polls-to-elect-police-chief-14295.html

    Expecting single figure turnouts from today, plus postal votes on top.

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