Turnout Contestation and Incumbency.xlsx
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List of table categories
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Total wards
The number of wards and/or divisions that conducted an election. This number may include wards that were not due an election but where a casual vacancy is being filled
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Total contested wards
Wards/divisions where the number of nominated candidates exceeds the number of available vacancies
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Total seats
The number of vacancies being filled. Many wards elect multiple councillors hence the numbers are often different
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Electorate
The number of electors either provided by the local authority or estimated by other means
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Electorate in contested wards
The number of electors in wards/divisions with a contested election
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Total ballots (reported)
The number of ballot papers included in the final count obtained from information provided by local authorities
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Total 'Ware' vote
Where the number of valid papers is not provided an algorithm is employed to estimate total ballots cast (see below)
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Average % turnout (reported)
The mean of percentage turnout across all contested wards/divisions
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Average % 'Ware' turnout
The mean of percentage turnout after first calculating total 'Ware' vote
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Aggregate % turnout (reported)
The overall percentage turnout calculated from total ballots and electorates as provided by local authorities
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Aggregate % 'Ware' turnout
The overall percentage turnout calculated from 'Ware' total vote and electorates either reported or estimated
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Uncontested wards
The number of wards/divisions where candidates were elected unopposed
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Uncontested seats
The number of councillors elected unopposed
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Wards contested by Con/Lab/LD
The number of wards or divisions where at least one candidate from each of the major parties contested the election
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Seats with Con/Lab/LD contest, as (%) of all vacancies
The percentage of all available seats contested by candidates from each of the major parties
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Seats with Con/Lab contest, as (%) of all vacancies
The percentage of all available seats contested by candidates from the Conservative and Labour parties
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Seats with Con/LD contest, as (%) of all vacancies
The percentage of all available seats contested by candidates from the Conservative and Liberal Democrat parties
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Seats with Lab/LD contest, as (%) of all vacancies
The percentage of all available seats contested by candidates from the Labour and Liberal Democrat parties
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Seats with just Con candidate, as (%) of all vacancies
The percentage of all available seats contested by a Conservative candidate and no other major party
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Seats with just Lab candidate, as (%) of all vacancies
The percentage of all available seats contested by a Labour candidate and no other major party
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Seats with just LD candidate, as (%) of all vacancies
The percentage of all available seats contested by a Liberal Democrat candidate and no other major party
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Total candidates
The total number of candidates nominated
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Women candidates
The number of women candidates either identified by the local authority or estimated from name on ballot paper
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Women elected
The number of women successfully elected
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Incumbents seeking re-election
Current councillors seeking re-election but not necessarily in their existing ward/division
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Incumbents elected
The number of incumbents successfully re-elected
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Ratio of candidates to seats
Total number of candidates divided by number of available seats
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Conservative candidates
Total number of candidates described as Conservative on the ballot paper
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Labour candidates
Total number of candidates described as Lab/Lab Co-op on the ballot paper
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Liberal Democrat candidates
Total number of candidates described as Liberal/Liberal Democrat etc on the ballot paper
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Green candidates
Total number of candidates described as Green on the ballot paper
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PC candidates
Total number of candidates described as Plaid Cymru on the ballot paper
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SNP candidates
Total number of candidates described as Scottish National Party on the ballot paper
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UKIP
Total number of candidates described as United Kingdom Independence Party on the ballot paper
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Independent candidates
Total number of candidates described as Independent on the ballot paper
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Other parties candidates
Total number of candidates not included in the above categories
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Types of local authorities and abbreviations
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CC
County Council (England)
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DC
District Council (England)
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GLC
Greater London Council
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LBC
London Borough Council
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MBC
Metropolitan Borough Council
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MCC
Metropolitan County Council
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SC
Scottish Council
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SD
Scottish District Council
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SRI
Scottish Regional and Islands Council
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UA
Unitary Authority
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WCC
Welsh County Council
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WDC
Welsh District Council
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WUA
Welsh Unitary Authority
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For an explanation of the 'Ware' vote calculation see, Ware, L., G. Borisyuk, C. Rallings, and M. Thrasher. 2006. "A new algorithm for estimating voter turnout when the number of ballot papers issued is unknown." Electoral Studies 25 (1):59-71. doi: 10.1016/j.electstud.2005.04.003|ISSN 0261-3794.
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