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LIVE BLOG: Warrington elections

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Counting starts for Warrington Borough Council's election

  • There are 19 seats up for grabs
  • Labour has majority of seats on council and will not lose control even if they do not win a seat today

  • Comments


    Nick Tessla 3:48pm Fri 23 May 14

    Not much of a UKIP earthquake in Warrington

    Score: -2
    bodyproject 4:43pm Fri 23 May 14

    The issue nobody seems to be raising is what about the people who didn't vote. Between 60-80% of people didn't provide a vote so what sort of mandate do our elected representatives have? I think watching the films and pictures form the count we have to come into the 21st century - the days of sports halls and trestle tables and boxes of paper have to end and anew technology deployed. Surely online voting is not that difficult and security and validation possible (yes I know eBay acts as a warning this week) in this modern era. Then maybe we will get a better turnout.

    Score: 2
    gazhopley 4:51pm Fri 23 May 14

    @Markbarnes007 @warringtonnews Frankly, if you can't be bothered, don't complain. You get what you get.

    I don't think it's a case of people not being "bothered". I think people have stopped blindly voting for whichever person is representing the party they usually vote for, and started voting for people they "trust" and if the voters feel none of them are trustworthy then why would they vote for any of them, I think the numbers of people who don't vote are just as important as the number of people who do, and shouldn't be simply dismissed. Their silence should still be heard.

    Score: 5
    local man 7:14pm Fri 23 May 14

    Well to all of you who didn't bother voting what a wasted opportunity, at least get out and have your say. I voted early evening and was the 1000 and something voter - in a ward of about 12000, the results showed 1900 bothered to turn out. Everyone who thinks it's a forgone conclusion who will get in - it wouldn't be if you voted !
    I have to say the young people I have spoken to - family and their friends - just didn't bother voting. BodyProject is right, until we go digital we aren't going to get a decent turnout.
    When you really start to think about the number its appalling. A seat with 12,000 possible voters and 1043 vote for the eventual winner - less than 10%, and 1094 vote against the winner - but divided between 3 candidates. We really do have a poor system, if politicians threatened to take away the vote people would be up in arms, but we just take it for granted and waste it because of apathy.

    Score: 0
    JonnyV 10:36pm Fri 23 May 14

    Great blog by the paper - though why are the majority of candidates over 55? Why aren't there many younger candidates in the politics....

    Score: -1
    Cheap Mower 12:52am Sun 25 May 14

    local man wrote…


    Well to all of you who didn't bother voting what a wasted opportunity, at least get out and have your say. I voted early evening and was the 1000 and something voter - in a ward of about 12000, the results showed 1900 bothered to turn out. Everyone who thinks it's a forgone conclusion who will get in - it wouldn't be if you voted !
    I have to say the young people I have spoken to - family and their friends - just didn't bother voting. BodyProject is right, until we go digital we aren't going to get a decent turnout.
    When you really start to think about the number its appalling. A seat with 12,000 possible voters and 1043 vote for the eventual winner - less than 10%, and 1094 vote against the winner - but divided between 3 candidates. We really do have a poor system, if politicians threatened to take away the vote people would be up in arms, but we just take it for granted and waste it because of apathy.

    I didn't vote as UKIP weren't running for Birchwood

    Score: 2

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