Wyre Forest election turnout at three year high but 64 per cent still do not bother

Wyre Forest election turnout at three year high but 64 per cent still do not bother

Wyre Forest election turnout at three year high but 64 per cent still do not bother

First published in Local

THE overall turnout in Wyre Forest at this year's local election hit a three-year high but was just 36 per cent.

More voters turned out this year than the 30 per cent from Wyre Forest who voted at last year's Worcestershire County Council elections and the district council poll in 2012 despite heavy rain on Thursday last week but 64 per cent still did not bother.

It is thought several first-time electors and voters who had not turned out for many years were galvanised by the UK Independence Party's offering but district council staff and leaders will still be disappointed at the poor showing.

District returning officer Ian Miller said: "It was encouraging to see turnout increase to 36 per cent, compared to 30 per cent who voted in the local elections in 2012 and 2013 but no one should be happy about the level of participation in elections.

"I expect the turnout at the general election in 2015 to be much higher, in line with past trends, however, I will continue to take steps to encourage registration and participation. For example, the participation rate for people voting by post again exceeded 70 per cent and therefore encouraging more people to register for a postal vote may assist the overall turnout."

The highest individual ward turnout was 44 per cent in Bewdley and Arley where Conservative councillor Stephen Clee was re-elected.

The lowest was Oldington and Foley Park, in Kidderminster, at 27 per cent, where UKIP's Michael Wrench was victorious.

Next year's general election, which will also feature an all-out district council election and Kidderminster Town Council yes or no referendum, is expected to attract a turnout of about 60 per cent.

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11:04am Tue 27 May 14

tracya says...

Perhaps if the residents of Peel Street, Wood Street, Plimsoll Street and other surrounding streets could have used the Registry office to cast our votes rather than being made to go all the way over to Greatfield Road to vote, then there may have been an increase in voters for the area! Absolutely ridiculous as a lot of older residents would have found walking across the road to the registry office a lot easier that a 20 minute walk or arranging a lift to Greatfield Road! I can't be the only one angry at this!!
Perhaps if the residents of Peel Street, Wood Street, Plimsoll Street and other surrounding streets could have used the Registry office to cast our votes rather than being made to go all the way over to Greatfield Road to vote, then there may have been an increase in voters for the area! Absolutely ridiculous as a lot of older residents would have found walking across the road to the registry office a lot easier that a 20 minute walk or arranging a lift to Greatfield Road! I can't be the only one angry at this!! tracya
  • Score: 11

12:26pm Tue 27 May 14

David Hollyoak says...

I totally agree with you tracya it needs to move to the registry office in that area, but I did take a few people from Wood Street to Greatfield Road. All year in my Focus Leaflet I have been asking residents in that area to do postal votes with out much response I'm afraid.
I totally agree with you tracya it needs to move to the registry office in that area, but I did take a few people from Wood Street to Greatfield Road. All year in my Focus Leaflet I have been asking residents in that area to do postal votes with out much response I'm afraid. David Hollyoak
  • Score: 5

1:50pm Tue 27 May 14

stour67 says...

Also like me did not bother to register because the council sell your details to every tom dick and harry,so what that means is my junk mail and pester phone calls have stopped.
Also like me did not bother to register because the council sell your details to every tom dick and harry,so what that means is my junk mail and pester phone calls have stopped. stour67
  • Score: -11

3:11pm Tue 27 May 14

the batshake says...

stour67 wrote:
Also like me did not bother to register because the council sell your details to every tom dick and harry,so what that means is my junk mail and pester phone calls have stopped.
Ok. But if you didn't vote that means we shouldn't hear from you on this site moaning about the state of things when something the council does bothers you. No vote=No voice.
[quote][p][bold]stour67[/bold] wrote: Also like me did not bother to register because the council sell your details to every tom dick and harry,so what that means is my junk mail and pester phone calls have stopped.[/p][/quote]Ok. But if you didn't vote that means we shouldn't hear from you on this site moaning about the state of things when something the council does bothers you. No vote=No voice. the batshake
  • Score: 20

6:12pm Thu 29 May 14

emjaypee says...

Nice to see some of those Cllrs who switched party mid term without consulting those who elected them, getting a trouncing. My only regret is that it did not happen to all of the turncoats.
About time the Cllrs realised that local democracy is not their personal plaything.
Still let's hope the others get the cold shoulder next year when the lot of 'em are up for election owing to the reduction in councillors.
Nice to see some of those Cllrs who switched party mid term without consulting those who elected them, getting a trouncing. My only regret is that it did not happen to all of the turncoats. About time the Cllrs realised that local democracy is not their personal plaything. Still let's hope the others get the cold shoulder next year when the lot of 'em are up for election owing to the reduction in councillors. emjaypee
  • Score: 0

9:15am Sat 31 May 14

S.Oxford says...

I voted but I am shocked at how out of date the whole system is. There is no impartial clear website outlining each candidate and the policies they represent.Some websites are embarrassingly poor (ICHC for one). You turn up with a bit of card and they take your word for it that you are who you say you are. Shout your name to their neighbour, cross you off a list with a pencil and ruler and you vote with a pencil. Easily erased! The voting forms look like they've been knocked up with a bit of clipart.

I'm early thirties and this all puts me off. I wonder how younger voters feel? If the country moved with the times with up to date online info and voting, I bet the turnout would shoot up.
I voted but I am shocked at how out of date the whole system is. There is no impartial clear website outlining each candidate and the policies they represent.Some websites are embarrassingly poor (ICHC for one). You turn up with a bit of card and they take your word for it that you are who you say you are. Shout your name to their neighbour, cross you off a list with a pencil and ruler and you vote with a pencil. Easily erased! The voting forms look like they've been knocked up with a bit of clipart. I'm early thirties and this all puts me off. I wonder how younger voters feel? If the country moved with the times with up to date online info and voting, I bet the turnout would shoot up. S.Oxford
  • Score: 5

4:41pm Sat 31 May 14

PJEdmundson says...

S.Oxford wrote:
I voted but I am shocked at how out of date the whole system is. There is no impartial clear website outlining each candidate and the policies they represent.Some websites are embarrassingly poor (ICHC for one). You turn up with a bit of card and they take your word for it that you are who you say you are. Shout your name to their neighbour, cross you off a list with a pencil and ruler and you vote with a pencil. Easily erased! The voting forms look like they've been knocked up with a bit of clipart.

I'm early thirties and this all puts me off. I wonder how younger voters feel? If the country moved with the times with up to date online info and voting, I bet the turnout would shoot up.
I would really like you to look at the ICHC Bewdley website and offer up any thoughts...

www.ichcbewdley.co.u
k


Philip Edmundson
[quote][p][bold]S.Oxford[/bold] wrote: I voted but I am shocked at how out of date the whole system is. There is no impartial clear website outlining each candidate and the policies they represent.Some websites are embarrassingly poor (ICHC for one). You turn up with a bit of card and they take your word for it that you are who you say you are. Shout your name to their neighbour, cross you off a list with a pencil and ruler and you vote with a pencil. Easily erased! The voting forms look like they've been knocked up with a bit of clipart. I'm early thirties and this all puts me off. I wonder how younger voters feel? If the country moved with the times with up to date online info and voting, I bet the turnout would shoot up.[/p][/quote]I would really like you to look at the ICHC Bewdley website and offer up any thoughts... www.ichcbewdley.co.u k Philip Edmundson PJEdmundson
  • Score: 2

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