Increase in registered voters could boost turnout

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Turnout at this week’s county council elections could surpass the last time Surrey went to the polls after it was revealed 34,000 more people have registered to vote compared to 2009.

On Thursday May 2, all 81 county council seats will be contested as Surrey residents decide who should represent them on the local authority.

A total of 861,868 people in the county are now registered to vote compared to 827,635 four years ago – a 4.1% increase.

Turnout in the 2009 elections was 41.1% when 340,542 took the opportunity to have their say.

David McNulty, Chief Executive of Surrey County Council and election returning officer, said: “Using your vote to choose a councillor is incredibly important because the decisions they make affect all our lives on a daily basis. Whether you use a bus, send your children to school, or borrow a book from a library, you’re using one of the hundreds of services the county council provides. I’d urge everyone to have their say.”

Surrey County Council has set up a website where you can find out who your candidates are and where you should go to vote, simply by entering your postcode. Visit

More information on the county council elections can be found at


Media requiring more information can contact Surrey County Council senior media relations officer James Oxley on 0208 541 7259 or at


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