EU Referendum: Unprecedented postal votes in Milton Keynes points to massive turnout
Queues are predicted at Milton Keynes polling stations tomorrow after officials revealed an unprecedented 77% of local postal voters have already returned their ballot papers for the EU referendum.
The staggeringly high statistic is the first indication that turnout will be massive tomorrow.
Today Milton Keynes council revealed that 31,782 postal vote envelopes were delivered in the borough.
By 11am this morning - with 23 hours still to go until voting closes - 24,500 votes had been received.
Proxy votes are also hugely up on previous elections, with 1,400 received this week by the council. This compares to just a couple of hundred in the last general election.
The outcome of the postal and proxy voting slips will be kept a closely guarded secret, but pundits are already predicting Milton Keynes will see a tightly fought battle between Remain and Leave.
Polling stations all over MK will open at 7am and close at 10pm.
Ballot boxes will be collected after 10pm and taken to Arena:mk at the stadium to be counted.
Unlike a general or local election, results will NOT be announced ward by ward. There will be just one result, probably in the early hours of Friday morning, and that will be simply whether Milton Keynes has voted in or out of the EU.
The only other statistic given will be MK’s turnout of voters. In the last local election in May the city’s turnout was 33.6 per cent.
The Citizen will publish the result by 7am on Friday on our website.