Not So Bad

The turnout in North Devon for the the European elections was a not too shabby 38.06%.  Slightly up on the turnout of 36.76% for the last European elections in 2014.

The votes aren’t actually being counted until Sunday evening with the result being declared sometime after 10pm. This is because it’s apparently  a criminal offence for any country in the EU to publish exit polls, or any information about how people have voted during the election, before 22:00 BST on Sunday 26 May.  This is to avoid the voting in one country influencing the voting in another.

The first elections were held on Thursday in the UK and the Netherlands.  Ireland votes today (Friday), as does the Czech Republic. The latter also votes tomorrow, along with Latvia, Malta and Slovakia.  The other 21 countries vote on Sunday.