Wasted vote here in Locks Heath/Western Wards – we’ll be Conservative forever…
By CannyKenny | Sunday, April 11, 2010, 20:46
Locks Heath, one of the Western Wards and part of the Fareham Constituency, has been Conservative forever - well certainly for the last 36 years. What’s the point in voting? It’s a wasted vote – and I’ll prove it:
Voting in Locks Heath - picture by S. Solberg J.
I’ve found this - The Voter Power Index website. It calculates how ‘valuable’ a General Election vote is in each constituency using the size of the constituency and the probability of the seat changing hands.
Fareham’s seat is classed by the website as ‘ultra safe’ and calculates our ‘voter power’ as being a meagre 0.070 votes - 3.57 times LESS than the UK average voter power of 0.253 votes. Even the UK average is low because most of us live in safe seats, where the outcome is pretty much certain regardless of how we vote.
Farehem’s constituency (72,599 voters) is bigger than average constituency (68,433) which means that a voter here is less likely to affect the national result.
The only voters with any real power to change the Government are those who live in marginal constituencies, such as Eastleigh. Here the seat has changed in the past few years. It was Conservative in 1992 and changed to Liberal Democrat in 1997, so although it is also a large constituency (74,163) the ‘Voter Power’ is 0.818. Still not ONE though, as you’d like to think it would be.
So basically - what’s the point?