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ELECTIONS 2004: UNUSUAL POLLING STATIONS IN NORTH DEVON

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With European elections just under a month away on 10 June, North Devon DC is adding the final touches to its prepa...
With European elections just under a month away on 10 June, North Devon DC is adding the final touches to its preparations.

This has included securing several out of the ordinary sites for polling stations such as:

-A pub function room in Rackenford

-The garage at Yelland Manor House

-The chapel at Bear Street Cemetery in Barnstaple (with special arrangements for short-term parking outside)

Altogether NDDC will be co-ordinating almost 100 polling stations and over 200 elections staff across the district.

There are 71,000 people in north Devon eligible to vote in the European elections and the aim is to get above the 33% turnout witnessed in 1999.

To help beat the target, North Devon DC is reminding people of their right to vote by post.

North Devon DC assistant director Don Pratt says: 'We are always looking at making voting easier and this means locating polling stations close to where people live.

At this election, this has meant choosing some unusual polling stations.

'Also voting by post is now widely available to all electors. We are hoping that with a combination of local polling stations and postal voting we'll beat the turnout from the last European elections.'

Electors will be asked to vote for one party and there are eight parties standing. There are seven seats in the European Parliament up for grabs in the south-west constituency which covers from Devon and Cornwall up to Wiltshire and Gloucestershire.

Polling stations will be open from 7am until 10pm on election day but the votes will not be counted until the following Sunday, 13 June at 7. 30pm to fall in line with the rest of Europe.

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