North Devon’s voters get ready to go to the polls

Most people in the region are registered to vote on May 7.

Most people in the region are registered to vote on May 7. - Credit: Getty Images/iStockphoto

Voters register in their droves in time for the General Election on May 7

Election 2015

Election 2015 - Credit: Archant

Almost all the eligible voters in North Devon and Torridge have registered on time for polling day on in two weeks’ time.

There were fears numbers would be down for this General Election after a new system was introduced requiring people to register individually.

But according to figures obtained from local district councils this week, 98 per cent of eligible voters in North Devon will have registered and 97.7 per cent in Torridge.

On Thursday, May 7, some 74,201 will be registered to vote in North Devon, a drop of only 300 on the last election, while in Torridge 51,673 will be registered – an increase from the previous 51,124.

The number of people of voting age in North Devon in 2013 was 80 per cent of the population and 81 per cent in Torridge.

A North Devon Council spokesman commented: “The level of people on the electoral register is on a par with how many people were registered for the last parliamentary election.

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“Taking into consideration the recent changes where we moved from household registration to individual electoral registration, the current level is very encouraging and reflects how people have followed the advice and re-registered where necessary.”

The message was also upbeat from Torridge District Council: “The last year has been very challenging for our elections team as we moved to Individual Electoral Registration.

“But through extensive campaigning, both nationally and locally, to encourage people to register with targeted campaigns and visits to schools to encourage young people to vote, we have managed to maintain a healthy register in Torridge.”

Registration for voters closed at midnight on Monday and now the region prepares for the final slide into the polling booths.

How will you be voting on May 7? Turn to page 5 to view the results of the Gazette’s online election poll.

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