Voter power in Ashford

0.061

Constituency marginality

Ultra safe

In Ashford, one person does not really have one vote, they have the equivalent of 0.061 votes.

The power of voters in this constituency is based on the probability of the seat changing hands and its size.

While you might think that every vote counts equally, where you live in the UK has a huge effect on your power to influence the election.

How does Ashford compare?

The average UK voter has 4.17x more voting power than voters in Ashford.

Average UK voter power

0.253

The average UK voter only has the power of 0.253 votes. This is because most of us live in safe seats, where the outcome is pretty much certain regardless of how we vote.

Ashford ranks #476 out of 650 constituencies in the Voter Power Index.

UK constituency marginality

We can be almost certain that 60% of seats will NOT change hands in the general election (very safe or ultra safe seats).

Further information

Marginality

The more times a seat changes hands, the more marginal it is deemed to be.

  • 1992 Con
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Constituency size

+9.56%

This constituency is bigger than average, which means a voter here is less likely to affect the national result.

Number of voters: 74,977

Average constituency: 68,433

2005 election data

49% of votes discarded

48.56% of those who voted in Ashford in 2005 did not vote for the winning candidate. These votes count for nothing in the First Past the Post system.

2005 General Election result

2005 General Election result in Ashford

Winner takes all

2005 General Election result in Ashford

Note: there have been boundary changes for this constituency since the last election. These are notional results.

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