Voter power in Somerton & Frome

0.787

Constituency marginality

Very marginal

In Somerton & Frome, one person does not really have one vote, they have the equivalent of 0.787 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 Somerton & Frome compare?

Voters in Somerton & Frome have 3.11x more voting power than the UK average.

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.

Somerton & Frome ranks #46 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
  • 1997 LibDem
  • 2001 LibDem
  • 2005 LibDem

Constituency size

+12.58%

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

Number of voters: 77,040

Average constituency: 68,433

2005 election data

56% of votes discarded

56.25% of those who voted in Somerton & Frome 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 Somerton & Frome

Winner takes all

2005 General Election result in Somerton & Frome

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

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