Last week’s local council elections saw a voter turnout of 40% in Wrexham – an increase of 6% on the vote held in 2012. We look at where that improvement occurred…
Eight months ago we ran an article documenting where the highest and lowest voter turnouts were in Wrexham, with the message that just under 65% of registered voters across the County Borough held the balance of power when it came to voting for the new council.
Such matters are done and dusted for the next five years, with indications that the final ‘line-up’ of Wrexham Council’s new administration could be finalised as early as this afternoon and be revealed in the next couple of days.
There are 30 councillors returning to the Guildhall for the Annual General Meeting on May 23rd – along with 22 new faces who won their seats on Thursday.
With that in mind we have a taken a look at a breakdown for voter turnout across Wrexham’s 47 wards, with almost all seeing an increase on the number votes cast back in the 2012 election.
Three wards, Little Acton, Minera and Marchwiel, all saw a turnout of zero due to the seats being uncontested and therefore the candidates being automatically re-elected.
Among the lowest turnouts in Wrexham were Plas Madoc (27%) and Wynnstay (26%). However voter turnout was up from the 19.88% in Plas Madoc in 2012, but down slightly in Wynnstay from the 27.95%.
Chirk South had the highest turnout locally, with 61% of those registered to vote in the area actually doing so. This was also an increase from 50% in 2012.
Both Garden Village and Ceiriog Valley also saw turnouts of 60%.
Overton saw the biggest increase in turnout, which was up from 27.64% in 2012 to 44% in this election. This was closely followed by Gresford East and West, which saw an increase from 40% in 2012 to 55%.
A full breakdown of the wards, the number of votes cast, ballot papers rejected and overall turnout can be found in full below, with rounded figures. On the below numbers it is worth noting some wards had two seats thus there were more votes than ballots, for example in in Llay.
|Ward Name||Ward Electorate||Total Number of Votes||Ballot Papers Issued||Ballot Papers Rejected||Ward Turnout in %||2012 Ward Turnout in %|
|Gresford East & West||2288||1257||1265||8||55||40|
|Gwersyllt East and South||3672||2319||1374||6||37||30|
|Marford and Hoseley||1817||918||920||2||51||44|
|Pen-Y-Cae & Ruabon South||1932||786||795||9||41||34|