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LOCAL ELECTIONS: ALL POSTAL VOTING - LATEST TURNOUT FIGURES

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Today's updated figures from those local authorities running all ...
Today's updated figures from those local authorities running all

postal ballots in this week's local elections show that in most areas

turnout is considerably higher than comparable recent turnout

figures.

As of lunchtime on 2 May those authorities running all postal ballots

that have placed information in the public domain have so far

received the following percentage of returned ballot papers.

Local authority Recent turnout % of postal ballot forms

received to date

Chorley 32% 61%

Gateshead 30% 50%*

Hackney 34% 30%

Middlesbrough 29% 41%

Preston (in 2 wards only) 38%, 16% 43%, 24.25%*

South Tyneside 27% 55%

Stevenage 29% 52%

Trafford 33% 49%

* the figures for Gateshead and Preston are for 1 May

The close of poll occurs on 2 May after which more comprehensive

information on turnout and the method of turnout will be available.

Notes

As part of the government's drive to make voting easier and modernise

the electoral process in February 2002 30 councils were given

approval to run electoral modernisation pilots in this week's local

and mayoral elections. 13 councils, including all those listed above,

are running all postal ballots. All pilot authorities had to command

broad cross party support for their proposals before getting the

go-ahead from government.

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