Voting Behaviour

Electoral Commission Committee written question – answered on 27th March 2014.

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Photo of Chris Ruane Chris Ruane Labour, Vale of Clwyd

To ask the hon. Member for South West Devon, representing the Speaker's Committee on the Electoral Commission, what percentage of those registered to vote by post did so in (a) police commissioner elections and (b) the local European elections in each electoral area; and what the percentage turnout was at polling stations in each election and in each area.

Photo of Gary Streeter Gary Streeter Conservative, South West Devon

The Electoral Commission informs me that the turnout figures at the Police and Crime Commissioner elections were as follows:

2012 Police and Crime Commissioner elections
Percentage
  In-person turnout Postal voter turnout
England and Wales 9.2 48.2
Avon and Somerset 13.8 52.1
Bedfordshire 13.2 52.3
Cambridgeshire 10.5 49.7
Cheshire 8.4 48.6
Cleveland 9.0 48.9
Cumbria 10.1 50.1
Derbyshire 8.2 49.5
Devon and Cornwall 10.1 43.8
Dorset 11.3 53.5
Durham 6.7 45.2
Essex 8.3 48.3
Gloucestershire 11.4 48.1
Greater Manchester 7.3 44.5
Hampshire 9.5 50.0
Hertfordshire 8.2 48.9
Humberside 14.5 60.0
Kent 10.5 52.5
Lancashire 7.9 49.7
Leicestershire 11.2 52.0
Lincolnshire 10.6 49.1
Merseyside 6.3 48.5
Norfolk 9.5 49.0
North Yorkshire 9.0 46.3
Northamptonshire 12.9 50.8
Northumbria 6.3 44.1
Nottinghamshire 9.8 53.2
South Yorkshire 6.1 46.7
Staffordshire 6.9 48.8
Suffolk 10.3 50.4
Surrey 9.9 48.9
Sussex 10.1 49.6
Thames Valley 8.7 45.4
Warwickshire 10.3 54.1
West Mercia 8.4 47.5
West Midlands 8.6 47.4
West Yorkshire 7.3 47.1
Wiltshire 10.3 44.7
Dyfed-Powys 11.3 46.4
Gwent 8.3 44.2
North Wales 9.8 47.2
South Wales 8.6 44.7

The turnout figures at the 2009 European Parliament elections were:

2009 English European elections
Percentage
  In-person turnout Postal voter turnout
United Kingdom 30.3 64.4
Great Britain 29.9 64.4
England 30.8 64.7
Northern Ireland 42.6 68.9
Scotland 24.4 63.3
Wales 25.4 61.7
London 30.0 61.2
South West 34.8 67.7
South East 33.5 67.8
Eastern 34.0 66.7
West Midlands 31.3 66.1
East Midlands 32.8 66.9
Yorkshire and the Humber 26.8 63.4
North East 21.4 59.4
North West 26.3 63.0

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