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Voters shun election Sussex Police commissioner election

The Argus: Waiting for voters at Preston Park polling station in Brighton Waiting for voters at Preston Park polling station in Brighton

Polling stations across Sussex stood empty yesterday (November 15) as voters shunned the first ever Police and Crime Commissioner elections.

At polling stations in Brighton and Hove people were voting at a rate of only about 11 an hour by 5pm, although many people had voted by post.

The candidates, who are gathering at the Corn Exchange in Brighton to follow the results from across the county today (November 16, said they expected turnout would be low.

By 5pm 110 people had voted at the Cornerstone Community Centre in Western Road, off Palmeira Square. The polling station has 2,521 electors. If that rate continued until 10pm, only about 165 people, or 6.5% of potential voters would have had their say.

Numbers were said to be slightly increasing as people finished work.

Criticism

Voters outside the Cornerstone were critical of the way the election was run.

Ruth Addison, 85, of Adelaide Crescent, Hove, said: “We did not receive the simplest note of the listing of the candidates, their names and what they stand for.”

Beryl Howes, 87, of Hove, said she asked in the polling station for information about the candidates.

She said: “They said I should go online. But I don’t have a computer.”

Catherine Davis, 42, of Hove, said: “It is like asking who is going to run MI6. You don’t know who the best person to do it is. You’re not an expert.”

Kate Holder, 38, from Hove, said she had set out to find information online and she and her friends had swapped what they learned on Facebook and Twitter.

Both her children’s schools, Davigdor Infants and Somerhill Juniors, had closed because they were being used as polling stations.

She said: “I’m self-employed so I have managed to juggle it, but a lot of people are having to help each other out, or one parent is having to take a day off work.”

Laura Hamlyn, 26, of Hove, said she was voting “to keep the nutters out”.

Under the “supplementary voting system”, used for the first time in Sussex, voters marked a first and second preference.

Today’s count will begin with the first preferences. If no one has more than 50% of the votes, all but the top two candidates will be eliminated. The eliminated candidates’ papers will then be counted and any second preference votes for the remaining candidates will be added to their totals.

The Argus is updating a live story from the count as results come in from across Sussex.

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10:38am Fri 16 Nov 12

rubberflipper says...

I'm not surprised that voters shunned this scam election. Who in their right mind would want more pen-pushing establishment lackies in authority?

The elections should have been for Chief Police Constables perhaps and then might have been taken seriously.
I'm not surprised that voters shunned this scam election. Who in their right mind would want more pen-pushing establishment lackies in authority? The elections should have been for Chief Police Constables perhaps and then might have been taken seriously. rubberflipper
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11:08am Fri 16 Nov 12

hoveresident24 says...

I didn't get a voting card, didn't even know who was standing for it, didn't know where the polling stations were! have you considered the possibility that half the people you expected didn't know anything about it either!!!!
I didn't get a voting card, didn't even know who was standing for it, didn't know where the polling stations were! have you considered the possibility that half the people you expected didn't know anything about it either!!!! hoveresident24
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11:08am Fri 16 Nov 12

jimbobmaginty says...

I didn’t vote because what the point? It doesn’t matter to me what crimes get prioritised at the end of the day the sentences won’t change!
I didn’t vote because what the point? It doesn’t matter to me what crimes get prioritised at the end of the day the sentences won’t change! jimbobmaginty
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11:20am Fri 16 Nov 12

Trimbo says...

I didn't vote, because the publicity was poor - I didn't even know it was taking place until a week or so ago! There has been no information about what this position is, or how it will (or will not) affect anybody.

Therefore, this has been a complete waste of public money - for a position that should not be in the realm of party politics anyway.

The Commissioner clearly cannot have a mandate from the people, and these elections should be declared null and void.
I didn't vote, because the publicity was poor - I didn't even know it was taking place until a week or so ago! There has been no information about what this position is, or how it will (or will not) affect anybody. Therefore, this has been a complete waste of public money - for a position that should not be in the realm of party politics anyway. The Commissioner clearly cannot have a mandate from the people, and these elections should be declared null and void. Trimbo
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11:36am Fri 16 Nov 12

vive_et_vivat says...

Trimbo wrote:
I didn't vote, because the publicity was poor - I didn't even know it was taking place until a week or so ago! There has been no information about what this position is, or how it will (or will not) affect anybody.

Therefore, this has been a complete waste of public money - for a position that should not be in the realm of party politics anyway.

The Commissioner clearly cannot have a mandate from the people, and these elections should be declared null and void.
I totally concur with your comments - the whole thing is a farce. What little information there is available about the candidates seems to lean toward them all being somewhat narcistic! I make no apology for not voting on this farcical appointment - the first election I have not voted in for many years.
[quote][p][bold]Trimbo[/bold] wrote: I didn't vote, because the publicity was poor - I didn't even know it was taking place until a week or so ago! There has been no information about what this position is, or how it will (or will not) affect anybody. Therefore, this has been a complete waste of public money - for a position that should not be in the realm of party politics anyway. The Commissioner clearly cannot have a mandate from the people, and these elections should be declared null and void.[/p][/quote]I totally concur with your comments - the whole thing is a farce. What little information there is available about the candidates seems to lean toward them all being somewhat narcistic! I make no apology for not voting on this farcical appointment - the first election I have not voted in for many years. vive_et_vivat
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1:22pm Fri 16 Nov 12

Maxwell's Ghost says...

Politics and police should be kept separate otherwise who is going to prosecute the UKs politicians who break the law.
Also most local politicians seem to have little experience of the work place or any common sense so you wouldn't want them near the police force.
I am not sure i would leave any of the city's councillors to feed my dog while I was on holiday as they seem really quite stupid.
Politics and police should be kept separate otherwise who is going to prosecute the UKs politicians who break the law. Also most local politicians seem to have little experience of the work place or any common sense so you wouldn't want them near the police force. I am not sure i would leave any of the city's councillors to feed my dog while I was on holiday as they seem really quite stupid. Maxwell's Ghost
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1:38pm Fri 16 Nov 12

Jetsamandflotsam says...

What a total sham of an election.
How is anyone supposed to make a decision based on the complete lack of information available?
I wasnt even aware you had to make a first AND second choice until got my ballot paper!
I couldn't make my mind up as I had been given NO information so I ended up just doing a doodle.
IMO better a vote wasted than a vote not cast!
What a total sham of an election. How is anyone supposed to make a decision based on the complete lack of information available? I wasnt even aware you had to make a first AND second choice until got my ballot paper! I couldn't make my mind up as I had been given NO information so I ended up just doing a doodle. IMO better a vote wasted than a vote not cast! Jetsamandflotsam
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3:25pm Fri 16 Nov 12

jonmik says...

I only voted because I cant stomch Godfrey Daniel, his support of the Newhaven Incinerator did it for me. As for the whole thing it is just another tier of highly paid political spongers
I only voted because I cant stomch Godfrey Daniel, his support of the Newhaven Incinerator did it for me. As for the whole thing it is just another tier of highly paid political spongers jonmik
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4:34pm Fri 16 Nov 12

barbie1purple says...

We didn't receive any voting cards either and nor did our neighbours. Also, we only received one leaflet from the independent candidate. Based on this apathetic approach to securing our vote, I'm not surprised that local turn out was so poor!
We didn't receive any voting cards either and nor did our neighbours. Also, we only received one leaflet from the independent candidate. Based on this apathetic approach to securing our vote, I'm not surprised that local turn out was so poor! barbie1purple
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7:18pm Fri 16 Nov 12

fiveofeight says...

Next thing we'll be asked to vote for who runs the NHS so that we can have a say if we'd like more money to go to cancer care, maternity wards, or mental health.
The PCC election is a political stunt, supposedly about 'choice' but really paving the way for future privatisation of police services.
Next thing we'll be asked to vote for who runs the NHS so that we can have a say if we'd like more money to go to cancer care, maternity wards, or mental health. The PCC election is a political stunt, supposedly about 'choice' but really paving the way for future privatisation of police services. fiveofeight
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9:32pm Fri 16 Nov 12

clubrob6 says...

This election was bad as it involves polititics with police which is why i didnt vote.The argus survey the other day said 40% would vote i said it would be no where near i was right.Plus even if you wanted to vote we had no information given on the candidates.Makes me wonder if the government even wanted us to vote.
This election was bad as it involves polititics with police which is why i didnt vote.The argus survey the other day said 40% would vote i said it would be no where near i was right.Plus even if you wanted to vote we had no information given on the candidates.Makes me wonder if the government even wanted us to vote. clubrob6
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10:38am Sat 17 Nov 12

Gael Bage says...

Copy of an email sent to Katy. Well I did manage to glean information from the internet on all candidates , you all said you had no plans to privatise policing, only one candidate was independent and there was something about him that came over as very establishment and I was not inspired to vote for him. As I had no wish to see policing privatised I went to the polling station explained this on my vote – spoiling my vote. The result is our area is now under conservative policies and looking at what they have done to the health service I just don't believe what you said about no plans to privatise !
To be fair you looked quite a decent candidate and had you stood as independent I might have voted for you, but as I know you will have to follow conservative party line, I just wrote a big NO against all candidates and keep party politics out of policing – all to no avail because on a very small vote conservatives now have the power ! I wonder how long before they start profiting by selling it off piecemeal !
I would like some assurances from you that you will be strong and stand by what you said about not privatising policing
You do not have a mandate on such a small vote and these elections were a farce. That said, congratulations, please honour your copmmitments and who knows if you do a good job we might vote you in again next time as an independent.
Copy of an email sent to Katy. Well I did manage to glean information from the internet on all candidates , you all said you had no plans to privatise policing, only one candidate was independent and there was something about him that came over as very establishment and I was not inspired to vote for him. As I had no wish to see policing privatised I went to the polling station explained this on my vote – spoiling my vote. The result is our area is now under conservative policies and looking at what they have done to the health service I just don't believe what you said about no plans to privatise ! To be fair you looked quite a decent candidate and had you stood as independent I might have voted for you, but as I know you will have to follow conservative party line, I just wrote a big NO against all candidates and keep party politics out of policing – all to no avail because on a very small vote conservatives now have the power ! I wonder how long before they start profiting by selling it off piecemeal ! I would like some assurances from you that you will be strong and stand by what you said about not privatising policing You do not have a mandate on such a small vote and these elections were a farce. That said, congratulations, please honour your copmmitments and who knows if you do a good job we might vote you in again next time as an independent. Gael Bage
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