Friday, May 04, 2007

Copeland elections: count is tomorrow (Friday) morning

Spent today campaigning hard in the Copeland Borough Council elections.

I have spent local election day, usually the first Thursday in May, campaigning every year since 1979. And every year from 1985 to last year I then spent that evening at an election count.

Copeland Council is not counting the elections here until tomorrow morning and it felt extremely strange to finish the election and go home instead of heading straight to the count.

We shall have to wait until tomorrow morning to find out what has happened. But one thing which is already clear is that turnouts are down and are disappointing, despite the superb weather which we enjoyed all day.

There are a number of possible explanations for the lower turnout, of which the most obvious is that four years ago was an all-postal election.

There are a number of other factors which may need looking into. All will have to be considered in the cold light of day when we see the full results.

Well under half those eligible to vote in Copeland chose to do so. Members of all political parties need to reflect on why we are failing to engage with so many of the voters we aspire to represent that most of them did not think it was worth casting a ballot for anyone.

I will be interested in any constructive comments any reader may have about how we can make politics something which more people want to be involved in. Offensive or insulting posts or silly point-scoring, especially from people who do not have the guts to give their real name and surname, will be deleted out of hand.


Anonymous said...


Chris Whiteside said...

I presume you've heard the Bransty result !