Posted: Thu 8th Jun 2017

General Election 2017 – Deeside voters head to the polls

News and Info from Deeside, Flintshire, North Wales
This article is old - Published: Thursday, Jun 8th, 2017

Today is the day when voters in Deeside and across the UK get to vote on who will be the next MP to represent the constituency at Westminster.

Everyone who is registered to vote should have received a card giving details of the polling station where they can cast their vote – you don’t need your card to pop along to your local polling station to vote.

Polls will open at 7am and close at 10pm tonight, they are often in community centres, schools or something like that. You can pop your postcode into this helpful website and it will draw you a map with a route as well.

If you don’t have your poll card, you can go to the polling station and give them your name and address. You don’t need any other form of ID.

The candidates you will find on your ballot paper once you have entered the polling station are;

Party Candidate Votes % ±
UKIP David Griffiths
Plaid Cymru Jacqui Hurst
Conservative Laura Knightly
Labour Mark Tami
Liberal Democrat Pete Williams

66.6% of the 62,196 people in Alyn and Deeside eligble to vote turned out in the 2015 General Election casting 41314 votes – 20,882 didnt vote – more than the number of votes the eventaul winner, Mark Tami (Lab) recieved.

2015 result;

Party Candidate Votes % ±
Labour Mark Tami 16,540 40.0 +0.4
Conservative Laura Knightly 13,197 31.9 −0.3
UKIP Blair Smillie 7,260 17.6 +15.0
Liberal Democrat Tudor Jones 1,733 4.2 −14.1
Plaid Cymru Jacqueline Hurst 1,608 3.9 +0.0
Green Alasdair Ibbotson 976 2.4 N/A
Majority 3,343 8.1 +0.8
Turnout 41,314 66.6 +1.1
Labour hold Swing +0.4

Can you take a selfie when casting your vote?

There’s nothing in the law that specifically bans taking photos, but the Electoral Commission very strongly discourages any photography inside a polling station, primarily because of complex laws about maintaining the secrecy of the ballot. More on what you can and can’t do here:

A guide to what you CAN’T do in a polling station

Weather is often a contributing factor when it comes to turnout according to ‘experts’ say.

Here’s the weather for Deeside;

  • Thursday 50 % Precip. / 1 mm

Steady light rain this morning. Showers continuing this afternoon. High 18C. Winds SSW at 15 to 30 km/h. Chance of rain 50%.

  • Thursday Night – 20 % Precip. / 0 mm

A few clouds. Slight chance of a rain shower. Low 11C. Winds SSW at 15 to 30 km/h.

If you see or hear anything interesting, concerning or just a bit daft while your out and about today get in touch;

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