Counting the votes, again

Whichever way you voted in the independence referendum, the impact it had is undeniable. Scotland woke up, and we gained an engaged electorate. Or so the thinking goes.

Last week’s Glasgow council by-elections brought us down to earth with a bump.

Turnout was rock-bottom, ranging from 21 per cent in Langside and Craigton to just 16 per cent in Calton and 14 per cent in Anderston/City. Think about that. Fewer than two in 10 people registered to vote actually voted to elect a local councillor whose responsibilities include education, housing and social care. What is going on? Read more at The Extra



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