Greater Manchester sees low voting turnout in local elections

This year’s local elections have seen huge losses for the Conservatives across Greater Manchester and significant gains for Labour and the Liberal Democrats.

Around 70% of the English electorate had the chance to vote this year which was the first time people had to bring identification.

However, the amount of registered voters casting their ballots this year in each of the ten councils of the region has been much less than 50%.

Salford saw the lowest turnout with only 24.2% and Manchester was close behind with 25.49%.

The highest turnout was in Trafford where 39.56% of registered voters took to the polling stations.

Bury turnout was down by 6% from 2022’s local elections from 39.3% to 34%.

In Wigan, Tameside, Rochdale, and Stockport only 26%, 26.6%, 30.5%, and 35.2% of voters took part respectively.

Despite being one of the key battlegrounds in this year’s elections, Bolton saw a turnout of only 32.98%.

Counting is still underway across the nation after voting for 230 local authorities in England – some 8,000 councillors’ seats in total – closed at 10pm yesterday.

The results across the country and Greater Manchester are continuing to come in and you can keep up to date on our live blog.

Main image credit: Flickr, secretlondon123

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