PCC election: piss poor polls

The only real surprise for me about yesterday’s election for Northumbria’s Police and Crime Commissioner is that so many people turned out.

That’s not true, it’s no surprise at all.  You didn’t need to be a psychic to be able to confidently predict a low turnout and an easy Labour win in the Northumbria area.

A 16.4 per cent turnout is a shambles, and shows the whole project has no credibility with most people on the street.

Even with the ease of a postal vote, only a small minority of the electorate felt connected enough with the role to care about voting for it.  Even in South Tyneside, which usually scrapes an average turnout of between 30 to 40 per cent (34 per cent in 2012), could only manage a 16.6 per cent turnout.  That’s right, less than half of the number people in South Tyneside who normally vote in local elections could care less about the PCC project.

A bad idea, poorly promoted and forced on an electorate which have made their opinions known by staying away from the polling stations.

My worry now is that the government will use this low turnout as an excuse for introducing electronic voting run by private companies of the kind we see causing problems in the USA.

One silver lining though: no Tory (or politico of any other colour for that matter) will ever be able to criticise the credibility of union ballot turnouts without the PCC elections being thrown back in their face.

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3 responses to “PCC election: piss poor polls”

  1. Peter W Skevington says :

    Thought that it might have been closer, because Phil Butler a credible candidate; wonder what he would have polled as an independent. Turnout as per predictions; all us cynics re PCCs can do is monitor the events of the next 4 years in Northumbria Police Service and elsewhere.

  2. Peter W Skevington says :

    Article about PCC election in today’s “Journal” accompanied by an article by Vera Baird QC,newly elected PCC for Northumbria, worth reading. What will 2016 election bring? a 20% turnout? I have my doubts. Perhaps UKIP and Lib Dems have learnt lessons about choosing candidate early and campaigning from this election. I have no time at all for those who are elected or appointed to an office, be they councillor, darts club treasurer or MP, who just sit back self-satisfied and disengaged from members, electorate etc, then expect to retain their office. It is disrespectful, but, regrettably there are some, who get away with it.

  3. Peter W Skevington says :

    Vera gets “stick” from online posters when she is featured in or writes a letter to “Gazette”, as no doubt would Phil Butler if he had been elected PCC. The seemingly anonymous members of the Police Committees of old escaped that sort of attention.

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