It is possible, and has happened, to win an election with less than one in ten voters.
The average ward size in Southend-on-Sea is 7852 voters (2017) ( Ward sizes in Southend-on-Sea).
Let’s assume that ten percent as 780 in any given year, below is a list of winning votes than fall below this bar, from 2001 when the last ward boundary changes were made.
All parties have been the beneficiary of wins in low turnout elections in Southend-on-Sea, but none so often as Labour. Efficient or lucky, take your pick. What is clear to this blogger is that there is everything to play for in most wards, even at this late stage
The list of winners succeeding with fewer than 780 makes for remarkable reading. In 2002, the Westborough winner got 6.8% of the possible vote. The 2012 success in Westborough was won with the support of 7.3% of the eligible voters, St Luke’s in 2003 was won with 7.7% of the electorate there supporting the winning candidate.
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