Poor election turn- out sparks call
ONLY a third of Solihull adults who are eligible to vote actually cast their ballot papers in the most recent local elections.
Solihull Council urged residents to register and “play your part” in future political contests, as it marked Local Democracy Week.
The local authority tweeted the most recent turn- out, noting that from an electorate of 159,296, only 47,196 actually voted in May.
And the proportion of people who took part in a by- election in Blythe a couple of months earlier was even lower.
Around 16 per cent had participated in the contest, although wintry weather that week is thought to have played its part in keeping people from the polling station.
Kathryn Thomas, who was a candidate in this year’s council elections, urged people to make sure they had their say.
“Voting always makes a difference,” said Ms Thomas, who stood for the Liberal Democrats in St Alphege ward.
“It makes your voice and opinion important. Simply by posting a form or putting a cross on a piece of paper, you are saying you care about your local community and your opinions and requirements need to be listened to.”
Local Democracy Week is a European- wide event designed to promote grassroots engagement in the democratic process.
A local election count at North Solihull Sports Centre