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Jim Thornton's Election Blog...How are people going to vote this time?

Submitted on Mon, 01/06/2009 - 10:31am

Friday 29 May 2009:

Past election results for the County Council are not much of a guide, but here they are:

1997: Sir Norman Lindop (Labour) 2838, Jim Thornton (Conservative) 2436, Jack Coote (Lib/Dem) 1106

2001: Conservative 2961, Labour 2176, Lib/Dem 884

2005: Conservative 3140, Labour 1623, Lib/Dem 945, Other 438

Voter turnout: 1997: 75.4%, 2001: 63.8%, 2005: 65.7%

The real questions are: although people are really angry, will they on the day vote as they would for Westminster? How many will abstain, and how many will make a protest vote and if so, who will benefit? Are Labour voters more likely to abstain than Conservatives? All will be revealed on Friday at the count.

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