LOCAL ELECTIONS 2012: Early indications of low polling station turnout in Wigan but increase in postal votes

By Lucy Hilton

Cold weather and dark nights could be putting off voters heading to the polling stations but demands for postal votes appear to be surging.

And in some cases there could be more votes by post box than by ballot box.

Mancunian Matters reporter Lucy Hilton said that when she went to vote in Wigan with just an hour to go before polling stations closed, turnout had been just under 20 per cent.

She said: “The count steward said the number of requests for postal votes, if all
returned, could exceed the number of people coming in to physically vote.”

Added together that gives a ward turnout of more than 40 per cent, higher
than traditional turnout in a local ward election.

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