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Election results in Craven

Craven District Council held elections in 11 wards across the district on May 2, 2019, when a voter ID pilot took place.

Residents needed to provide either one form of photo ID, or two forms of non-photo ID, one of which could be their local election poll card, at the polling station before they were able to vote.

In Craven, initial figures showed that a total of 48 voters out of 7,001 across the district were turned away at the polling station and did not return – just 0.69 per cent of those who cast their vote at a polling station. The overall turnout was 37% of the electorate. *

Paul Shevlin, returning officer for Craven, said: “We’re pleased that the vast majority of residents brought ID to vote at the local elections. We carried out a far-reaching communications campaign, which included writing to every household explaining the voter ID pilot and informing them about the wide range of acceptable identification. We also offered to provide a certificate of identification to anyone who had no ID at all, but we received no applications for these.

“It’s also a good sign that the turnout was very similar to the last comparable elections in 2016, and actually increased in some wards, showing that people were not deterred from voting. This is a particularly positive result for Craven, given that the national turnout has been low this year.

“It’s unfortunate if anybody who wanted to vote was unable to do so, but we’re pleased that these numbers were very small.

“We took part in this pilot scheme because voter ID is likely to be introduced across the country in the future, and we wanted Craven to have a say on how this will work. We will be feeding back our experience and residents’ feelings about this scheme to the Government and they will take all this into account when developing any future proposals.”

All Craven’s election results can be found at  

*Please note that these are preliminary figures and may be subject to change.