Voter power index for City of Durham
Rank #140 of 650
Voter power in City of Durham
In City of Durham , one person does not really have one vote, they have the equivalent of 0.432 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 City of Durham compare?
Voters in City of Durham have 1.71x more voting power than the UK average.
Average UK voter power
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.
City of Durham ranks #140 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).
The more times a seat changes hands, the more marginal it is deemed to be.
- 1992 Lab
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- 2005 Lab
This constituency is bigger than average, which means a voter here is less likely to affect the national result.
Number of voters: 71,440
Average constituency: 68,433
2005 election data
53% of votes discarded
52.83% of those who voted in City of Durham 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
Winner takes all
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If the UK had a proportional voting system:
- We would no longer have safe seats
- The power of votes would be much more equal
- All areas of the UK would have equal power to decide the outcome of the election
- Politicians would not be able to win an election by tailoring all their policies to a narrow section of the population