Voters in Thirsk, Easingwold and Stokesley to Trial New Voting Booths
7:30pm 1st May 2013
Hambleton District Council is piloting an innovative new polling booth tomorrow – for the first time in North Yorkshire voters will be screened by cardboard!
It is the first council in the county to test cardboard voting booths – the heavy wooden booths will stay in mothballs.
The 96 polling stations across Hambleton will see a potential 70,000 voters put their cross on the ballot paper in the North Yorkshire County Council elections.
“Feedback from our election officers was telling us that the wooden booths are too heavy to manage - and are starting to need replacing,” said Phil Morton, Chief Executive.
“So we have hunted around for a lightweight solution – our new booths have been adapted specially for Hambleton. The new booths are cheaper and if looked after will prove to be very cost effective.
“We will take feedback from election staff and voters tomorrow and decide if this is the way forward – and if a success this system may end up being rolled out across the county.”
Voting takes place tomorrow between 7am and 10pm across the county. Hambleton has eleven seats up for grabs in the County Council Elections as well as a Hambleton District Council election for the Whitestonecliffe Ward.
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