How can we persuade more people to vote?


The result yesterday in Bexley and Sidcup could have led to a Labour to have won if they could have done a deal with the Liberal Democrats and the Greens and if they could have persuaded the supporters of the three parties to have all participated. One of the challenges is that only 21,733 people took part in the voting yesterday. That compares to 46,145 who took part in the 2019 General Election. Now to be clear the number of people in the constituency who are entitled to vote have reduced down from 66,104 in 2019 to 64,831 yesterday. However although there were more people able to vote in 2019, the reality is that if the same percentage of voters had responded yesterday the total voters would have been 45,252. This means that there were 23,519 people in this election who stayed away compared to their involvement two years ago. In 2019 there were 10,834 voters for Labour and 3,822 for Liberal Democrats and 1,477 for Greens. So if yesterday the same proportion had responded they would have represented around 15,800 voters that would have been 4,600 more voters than the Conservative voters.

About ianchisnall

I am passionate about the need for public policies to be made accessible to everyone, especially those who want to improve the wellbeing of their communities. I am particularly interested in issues related to crime and policing as well as health services and strategic planning.
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