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PCC elections: What price democracy?
Posted by 19th November 2012
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19
Nov 2012

Over the weekend we helped the Mail on Sunday with a few numbers.

 

They asked us how much it cost to get a single person out to vote for Thursday’s Police and Crime Commissioner Elections. Easy we said.

 

Fifteen minutes later and the results were stark: £14 a vote. The results were even starker when we had a look at every major national vote in the last decade:

 

  Estimated Costs Total Turnout Cost per vote
PCC 2012 Elections (Estimate Costs)

£75,000,000

5,357,437

£14.00

Euro Elections 2009 (England and Wales)

£64,400,000

14,032,420

£4.59

2010 General Election

£84,600,000.00

29,687,604

£2.85

2005 General Election

£80,000,000

27,148,510

£2.95

2001 General Election

£80,000,000

26,368,204

£3.03

Democracy costs money, but value for money matters.

 

This election has been the very definition of a false economy. The Government splurged on a November election knowing it would add millions to the price tag, penny pinching on the vital information that could have got voters to the polls.

 

 
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