The nice people at Herstmere’s communications department are doing a great job today keeping electors up-to-date with the count in the local elections and the referendum on voting reform that took place yesterday.
They’re using Twitter to post regular updates and pictures (like the one above, from the count itself). Yesterday they alerted us to the fascinating fact that not everyone who gets a postal vote uses it!
Have you voted yet? Of around 9,000 postal votes sent out we have about 6,000 returned.
And earlier today, they estimated the turnout for the elections:
A rough indication of overall turnout is 35% but we will hopefully be clarifying soon! Counters are still very busy…
And provided the actual turnout for the referendum when it became available:
#hertsmere referendum turnout 40%. 28,905 voted. 22,721 at stations. 6,184 by post. We will keep u posted on local results as we get them!
As I type this they’re relaying the results, ward-by-ward as they come in, like this one from one minute ago:
#Borehamwood Kenilworth labour Richard Butler elected
Chris Hewett in the Watford Observer picks up the Liberal wipe-out at 1.15.
Harv Cohen, a Conservative councillor tweets with mixed news for the Tories:
For me, as an elector, this poll has been transformed by social media. Where I might have been able to get results in real-time in the past, I had never bothered to. With details of the poll, the count and the result coming to me via Twitter, though, I’m significantly better-engaged. And the local authority’s willingness to use its own social media accounts to spread the word is a genuine public service. Well done Hertsmere.