§ 65. Major MORRISON-BELL
asked the Minister of Health if he can give any statistics as to the number of absent voters dealt with in the recent bye-elections: and if he can state, approximately, what is the percentage of those voters who have exercised the franchise?
§ The MINISTER of HEALTH (Dr. Addison)
I propose to circulate in the OFFICIAL REPORT the figures asked 1908 for in the question, as far as they are available The figures show that in the recent bye-elections for which figures are available, viz., at Plymouth, South Croydon, St. Albans, Bromley, Ashton-under-Lyme, and Wrekin, the percentage of the ballot papers of absent voters returned varied from 51 per cent. in the case of Plymouth to 27 per cent. in the case of South Croydon.
§ The following figures are available in the case of certain recent bye-elections:—
|Constituency.||No. of ballot papers posted to absent voters.||No. of papers returned in time for count.||Percentage So returned|
|Herts (St. Albans)||2108||880||41|
§ In most of the above elections a few of the papers actually returned in time for the count were rejected.