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ELECTIONS 2004: NORTH WEST POSTAL VOTE HITS A MILLION

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Turnout for this year's European election has already hit the previous ...
Turnout for this year's European election has already hit the previous

election turnout figures for the region with over a million voters in the

North West returning their ballot papers.

Regional returning officer Howard Bernstein said: 'This is very good

news with six more days go. It shows that the postal pilot should

significantly increase turnout in comparison with the last Euro election in

the region. We are also seeing very encouraging response rates for local

elections.

Sir Howard continued: 'And there is still plenty of time to get

ballot papers back. We are a pilot area and the ballot packs may be

unfamiliar to voters but I would urge voters to spend just a little time to

read the instructions and contact their own local authority if they have

any difficulties with completing the ballots or the declaration of

identity.'

Assistance and delivery points have also been established throughout the

region to help answer any questions and provide electors with the

opportunity to complete their ballot papers.

All ballot papers must be returned by 10pm on 10 June.

Results for the European elections will be declared after 9pm on the

evening of Sunday 13 June.

Note

A dedicated website is now in operation www.northwestvotes.gov.uk

The North West Euro-constituency covers the geographical area of

Greater Manchester, Merseyside, Lancashire, Cumbria and Cheshire and

comprises 43 local authorities.

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