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PUBLIC VIEWS SOUGHT ON VOTING FROM HOME

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If the prospect the prospect of going out to vote at the local polling station on a wet and windy night sometimes s...
If the prospect the prospect of going out to vote at the local polling station on a wet and windy night sometimes stops you from voting at all then soon, help could be at hand.

Voting from home is a key proposal now being considered by North Yorkshire CC officials. The authority wants to experiment with voting in some electoral divisions involved in next year's county council elections.

And people in the county are being asked now whether they think giving a postal vote to everyone is a good idea. If North Yorkshire is to go ahead with the experiment then it needs to apply to the home secretary for approval by October 27.

Jeremy Walker, North Yorkshire CC's chief executive and county returning officer, said: 'We don't want to exclude anyone from feeling part of the county council, and if postal voting from home can help that, then it's worth the trying out.'

The county council wants to run the experiment in seven divisions:

Mid Craven, currently held by Shelagh Marshall (Con) with a majority of 1,953. The turnout is generally high. The area is rural with lots of polling stations.

Selby North, currently held by Kevin Aston (Ind) with a majority of 1,882. The turnout is usually low and the division is mainly urban with a small rural area.

Great Ayton, currently held by John Fletcher (Con) with a majority of 1,800. The turnout is generally high.

The area is rural, centring on a small market town. Granby (Harrogate), currently held by John Marshall (Lib-Dem) with a majority of 1,369. The turnout is generally low in an urban area.

Richmondshire North, currently held by Michael Heseltine (Con) with a majority of 2,120. The turnout is average in a very rural area with lots of polling stations.

Pickering, currently held by Mrs Betsy Hill (Lib-Dem) with a majority of 1,164.

The turnout is generally average, a rural area centring on a small market town.

Eastfield (Scarborough), currently held by Ken Hull (Lab) with a majority of 1,617. The turnout is generally low in an urban area with high unemployment.

Anyone wanting to comment on this experiment can do so by ringing Jeremy Holderness on 01609-780780, ext 2555 or e-mail him at committee@northyorks.gov.uk

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