At this year’s North Yorkshire County Council elections, there was no change to the area’s political complexion, with Conservative councillors securing five out of six seats, and Independent Peter Horton winning Ripon South.
But the average turnout percentage for the Ripon area wards – Boroughbridge, Pateley Bridge, Lower Nidderdale and Bishop Monkton, Ripon North, Masham and Fountains, and Ripon South – was just 32 per cent, with only 29 per cent of the electorate turning up to vote in Ripon North, where Conservative Coun Bernard Bateman successfully defended his seat.
So we are asking you: are you worried about low voter turnout in elections?
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