Kidsgrove residents will have read already about the poor turnout at the Kidsgrove By Election, yesterday. The official turnout at the Kidsgorve By Election was a dismal and shocking 18% of the Kidsgrove ward electorate. This surpassed the low turnout which was recorded in last weeks Kidsgrove election.
The Kidsgrove ward comprises of 5282 registered voters, of which only 648 voters actually bothered to turn out and vote on the day. Considering the polling stations were open from 7am until 10pm and contained 3 members of staff on average, image the cost of this election per vote. This is a shocking figure for a town the size of Kidsgrove and shows how disappointing for all parties yesterday was.
More shocking is the number of postal votes which contributed to the Kidsgrove By Election result. There were 562 people registered in the Kidsgrove ward and 298 people actually returned these. This makes up 32% of the vote from yesterday. Sadly it can not be broken down into voting patterns, however it would be interesting to learn how the different areas of Kidsgrove and voting methods had voted.
It does not matter how we look at these figures. The cold hard facts show that only 7.28% of the Kidsgrove population could be bothered to go out and vote, which highlights how little faith many have in the local political system.