Is turnout low all over the country?
The strong impression in Bedford where I have been working today is that turnout is remarkably low and certainly is substantially down on where we were on previous local election days at lunchtime.
If this is happening here is the same going on elsewhere? And if there is going to be a really low turnout which parties are going to benefit and which are the losers.
One feature we have here for the first time is a new anti-vote fraud procedure. Everybody has to sign for their ballot forms and each elector has to answer a specific question that they are the person they say they are. If voting was at all brisk then this could cause problems at the polling station. As it is it is hardly an issue.
What’s your experience of today so far?
Mike Smithson – author of “The Political Punter – how to make money betting on politics”