By-elections - September 29th Sept 29, 2016 18:39:43 GMT
Post by gwynthegriff on Sept 29, 2016 18:39:43 GMT
Lib Dems have put out an eve of poll leaflet and in some parts an election day "Rise & Shine". Quite a bit of activity today and telling at both polling stations. He was the only candidate I saw doing the rounds.
Labour have been campaigning quite hard, several activists out and about today. Telling at both stations.
Conservatives claim they have done a lot of canvassing (I haven't seen any evidence of it) and again have activists working in the ward. Tellers at both stations (where I was a couple of councillors from other wards)
UKIP nothing seen of them so far today, no telling operation.
Green - telling at the main station for part of the day only. Some election day leaflets delivered.
By 2:30 approximately 200 votes cast at the main station (out of approx. 3,7000) and just 23 at the small station (approx. 400 voters). I haven't heard anything about levels of postal voting.
Funniest comment today when I was telling was from the Labour teller who thought it was "deceitful" for the Lib Dem candidate to claim he was the only candidate living in the ward - the truth is that he is the only one who lives in the ward! He was unhappy because the Labour candidate also lives in Adeyfield - but in the East ward (which he knew full well).
I may well be proved wrong but it looks to me like a Lib Dem win here.
My rule of thumb in my ward was that the turnout at 16.00 would double by close of poll. This - of course - will vary ward by ward (relatively few commuters on my patch) and this was in the days of few PVs. Points to a low turnout in this case.
Labour are fond of moaning about things that they regard (quite unjustifiably) as improper.