Almost 69,000 Uttlesford residents registered to vote in May elections

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Nearly 69,000 voters are registered in Uttlesford - Credit: Archant

Voters will head to polling booths next week throughout Essex.

A total 68,767 Uttlesford residents are registered to vote in the May 6 elections.

They are voting to elect Essex county councillors and the Police, Fire and Crime Commissioner (PFCC).

There are also Uttlesford District Council by-elections taking place in Newport and The Sampfords, along with several parish and town council by-elections throughout the district.

Of nearly 69,000 registered voters, 11,281 have opted to vote by post.

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The deadline to register for a postal vote was on Tuesday, April 20.

Voter turnout at Essex County Council elections is historically lower than the national average.

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In the 2017 local elections, only 31.1 percent of Essex's electorate turned out to vote.

The national average turnout in 2017 was 35 percent.

This still represented a higher turnout than the election before last.

Just 27.8 percent of the electorate in Essex voted in the 2013 local elections.

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