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Election turnout will be key

ONCE again Kintyre’s electorate, aged 18 and over, will head to the polls for the general election next Thursday.

As usual the pundits are all trying to second guess the voters - typically using statistics such as how polling went in last month’s council elections.

It is never simple but voter apathy could play a major role. Since the independence referendum in 2014 there have been five chances to send messages to those who govern.

One thing is certain the independence referendum politicised a huge number of people, including those aged 16 and 17, who cannot vote in a general election.

Turnout is what often changes results.

In the general election of 2010 the Argyll and Bute turnout as a percentage of the electorate was 67.3, for the indy ref it increased to 88.2, slipped to 75.3 in 2015’s general election and dropped to 60.1 in the EU referendum last year, in the recent council elections no ward’s turnout was above 61 per cent.

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