Shire County Council of Kent elections from 1973 to 2017


A total of 270 Shire County Council Wards held elections in Kent between 1973 and 2017. The database holds elections for 12 separate years over the 45 year period. Kent held whole council elections once every four years. This can create a situation where an unhappy electorate can replace an entire council in a single election. As a result, these councils can appear to be more volatile than those with partial council elections.


Average participation in Kent over the 45 years was 44.18%. This was 1.45 percentage points lower than the average for all Shire County Council Councils holding elections in the same year (45.63%). Turnout was never exceeded the average for Shire County Council councils over the period. Turnout was lower than the average for Shire County Council councils in 1985 when it was 3.41 percentage points lower.

The Party System

This section examines the party system in Kent that existed in terms of number of seats won by each group in each election. In the analysis below, a party is considered to have won an election for the authority if it wins more seats than any other group. The extent to which a single party group wins all of the elections during the period is a measure of the dominance of a single party.

In terms of candidates elected, the party system in Kent between 1973 and 2017 was completely dominated by Conservative candidates. These candidates won the most seats in all of the 12 elections held.

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