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Voters choose Stronger Somerset - results of Local Poll are announced

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The voters of Somerset have spoken and shown their support for Stronger Somerset – the plan for two councils, an Eastern Somerset and a Western Somerset council, to replace Somerset’s existing five county and district councils.

The result of the local poll, which closed on Friday 4 June, was delivered today by Civica Electoral Services, who independently ran and verified the ballot.

The result, as announced publicly by the District Council Leaders, was:

Stronger Somerset

72,561

65.3%

One Somerset

38,547

34.7%

Total votes cast

111,589

 

Invalid votes

481

 

Total votes counted

111,108

 

Total eligible voters

436,607

 

Turnout

25.6%

 

 

In a joint statement the Leaders of the four District Councils of Somerset said:

“This is a crystal clear message to the Secretary of State from the people of Somerset. The option for change they prefer is the Stronger Somerset plan for two unitary councils.

“There are potentially significant changes ahead for local government in Somerset that will affect residents’ services and their quality of life for decades to come. We believed it was important that the residents of Somerset were given a proper say in their future in a simple and democratic way.

“We put our faith in the voters of Somerset to make up their own minds by organising a local poll, independently run and verified, while others took every opportunity to discredit the poll and to stifle debate.

“The government claims they had thousands of responses to their consultation, but they cannot say for sure how many came from Somerset residents. More than 111,000 residents have now had their say in this poll – that’s a huge number and cannot be ignored.

“We thank everyone who has voted in this poll. Their voices must now be taken account of in the decision-making process.

“People have considered the merits of the options before them, they have made their choice – people prefer their local government more local. So, let’s have the decision from the Secretary of State and let’s move forward together to a Stronger Somerset.”

In South Somerset the results were:

One Council for Somerset (One Somerset) - 11,872

Two Councils for Somerset (Stronger Somerset) - 24,114 

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