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3:48pm Fri 23 May 14

Nick Tessla says...

Not much of a UKIP earthquake in Warrington
Not much of a UKIP earthquake in Warrington Nick Tessla
  • Score: -2

4:43pm Fri 23 May 14

bodyproject says...

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.
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. bodyproject
  • Score: 2

4:51pm Fri 23 May 14

gazhopley says...

@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.
@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. gazhopley
  • Score: 5

7:14pm Fri 23 May 14

local man says...

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.
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. local man
  • Score: 0

10:36pm Fri 23 May 14

JonnyV says...

Great blog by the paper - though why are the majority of candidates over 55? Why aren't there many younger candidates in the politics....
Great blog by the paper - though why are the majority of candidates over 55? Why aren't there many younger candidates in the politics.... JonnyV
  • Score: -1

12:52am Sun 25 May 14

Cheap Mower says...

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
[quote][p][bold]local man[/bold] 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.[/p][/quote]I didn't vote as UKIP weren't running for Birchwood Cheap Mower
  • Score: 2

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