Author Topic: On the streets of Greater Manchester where majority don't see point in voting.  (Read 415 times)

celeste

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Most people don't vote in local elections. Last year, fewer than one in four residents who were registered to vote in Manchester - which had the lowest turnout in Greater Manchester - actually voted in the local council contest.

But one place in particular has had consistently low turnouts at local elections in recent years. In Fallowfield, just 15.22 pc of the electorate voted last May, making it the council ward with the lowest turnout in Greater Manchester.

The south Manchester suburb which is home to thousands of students has topped the list for the lowest proportion of voters in the city for several years. But putting this trend down to students alone does not paint the full picture.
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Parky

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Am I right in saying students can vote twice once where they live and once in the area of their accommodation?

Carl

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Am I right in saying students can vote twice once where they live and once in the area of their accommodation?


As far as I know, yes they can (unless rules have changed in recent years) - however only for local elections, not for general elections.  Also both addresses would have to be under different councils.  This I think also applies to second homeowners whereby the homeowner would have to register with both councils in order to vote in local elections, but for general elections they would have to select where they want to vote as they can only vote once.

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As far as I know, yes they can (unless rules have changed in recent years) - however only for local elections, not for general elections.  Also both addresses would have to be under different councils.  This I think also applies to second homeowners whereby the homeowner would have to register with both councils in order to vote in local elections, but for general elections they would have to select where they want to vote as they can only vote once.
Thanks for the confirmation Carl

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Thanks for the confirmation Carl


You're welcome. 

To be honest, it was years ago when I heard this so I thought perhaps the rules may have changed, but it does appear to still apply today.

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In that case the rules have been altered since my student days. Back then we could vote in two different locations for General Elections as well as local ones. Indeed, I did this on one occasion. I voted in Bangor on the Thursday morning of the GE and then decided that my parents might delight in my presence for an extended weekend, so I drove over to Stockport and cast my ballot there as well. Lucky Mum and Dad!


Of course, this was back in days of yonder when voting appeared to make a difference to the country and to the society that we live in. The  counting of the ballots was taken very seriously, and the declared outcome could be trusted to be accurate and genuine. A world we have now lost, especially since the events of 2016.

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At a glance I see Green Candidates get as many votes as the Con,and both combined equal the Labour elected.
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At a glance I see Green Candidates get as many votes as the Con,and both combined equal the Labour elected.
Unfortunately the greens are the biggest bunch of crackpots in this unholy mess of political parties . The party who quietly support the stop oil protests ,you’ve only got to look at the mess they are making of Brighton ,