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Electoral Register: Northern Ireland

Volume 489: debated on Friday 20 March 2009

To ask the Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster how many and what proportion of people were registered to vote in each local authority area in Northern Ireland in each of the last 10 years. (264186)

The information requested falls within the responsibility of the UK Statistics Authority. I have asked the authority to reply.

Letter from Karen Dunnell, dated March 2009:

As National Statistician, I have been asked to reply to your question asking how many and what proportion of people were registered to vote in each local authority area in Northern Ireland in each of the last 10 years. (264186)

Table 1 shows the number of people who were registered to vote in Local Government elections for each District in Northern Ireland for 1998 to 2007. Table 2 shows the number of people who were registered to vote as a proportion of the resident population aged 18 and over for the same years. The latest year for which estimates of the usually resident population are available by Local Authority is mid-2007.

These proportions should not be interpreted as registration rates as not everyone who is usually resident is entitled to vote, people who have more than one address may register in more than one place and electoral registration officers vary in how quickly they remove people from the registers after they have moved away from an area or died.

Table 1: Number of people registered to vote in local government elections in each district in Northern Ireland, 1998 to 2007

1998

1999

2000

2001

2002

2003

2004

2005

2006

2007

Antrim

31,981

32,379

32,440

32,159

28,215

28,857

27.620

31,589

29,808

31,658

Ards

52,492

53,097

53,569

53,272

48,875

48,561

47,388

52,373

49,231

51,167

Armagh

37,735

38,019

38,135

38,065

35,685

36,257

35,672

39,187

37,184

39,179

Ballymena

42,906

43,010

43,212

43,210

40,191

40,310

39,860

43,350

40,427

42,635

Ballymoney

18,453

18,686

18,914

19,139

18,248

18,392

18.420

20,291

19,170

20,379

Banbridge

28,646

29,149

29,511

29,652

27,899

28,279

27,947

30,731

29,207

30,690

Belfast

190,972

188,921

186,440

181,224

153,870

153,063

144.567

166,483

147,246

158,425

Carrickfergus

26,468

26,606

26,911

26,599

24,014

24,237

23,278

26,050

24,620

25,595

Castlereagh

48,795

48,667

48,361

47,648

42,851

42,367

40.878

44,707

41,387

42,864

Coleraine

38,349

38,570

38,437

38,114

35,087

34,782

34.148

37,425

34,737

36,154

Cookstown

22,590

22,681

22,577

22,687

21,547

21,668

2L150

23,538

21,802

23,347

Craigavon

55,120

55,494

55,737

55,560

51,670

52,104

5L500

56,707

53,950

56,586

Derry

68,322

69,456

69,521

68,790

61,677

61,586

60.012

68,454

61,840

66,422

Down

43,200

43,704

44,025

44,082

40,895

41,068

40,284

44,597

41,783

44,248

Dungannon

33,841

34,150

34,235

34,385

32,121

32,220

31,353

35,040

32,800

34,668

Fermanagh

40,823

41,198

41,275

41,360

39,067

39,482

38,387

42,739

40,169

42,258

Larne

22,645

22,834

22,813

22,362

20,303

20,234

19,814

21,978

20,723

21,472

Limavady

20,506

20,691

20,833

20,935

19,569

19,800

19,507

21,361

19,762

20,825

Lisburn

74,043

74,298

74,327

73,505

65,617

65,177

64,816

72,914

67,699

72,180

Magherafelt

27,012

27,359

27,479

27,538

26,399

26,769

26,218

28,665

27,095

28,656

Moyle

10,972

11,095

11,077

11,044

10,211

10,394

10,297

11,359

10,553

11,159

Newry and Mourne

59,506

60,142

60,561

60,637

55,045

55,848

54,829

61,790

57,389

61,342

Newtownabbey

56,977

57,402

57,490

56,909

50,720

51,211

48,905

54,774

51,141

53,193

North Down

55,446

55,492

55,263

54,873

49,484

49,276

47,734

52,994

49,282

51,501

Omagh

32,356

32,629

32,713

32,441

30,767

30,697

29,232

33,322

30,744

32,934

Strabane

26,241

26,599

26,716

26,526

24,622

24,615

23,855

26,575

24,542

26,154

Source:

Electoral Office for Northern Ireland.

Table 2: Number of people registered to vote in local government elections in each district in Northern Ireland as a proportion of the resident population aged 18, 1998 to 20071

1998

1999

2000

2001

2002

2003

2004

2005

2006

2007

Antrim

0.9

0.9

0.9

0.9

0.8

0.8

0.8

0.8

0.8

0.8

Ards

1.0

1.0

1.0

1.0

0.9

0.9

0.8

0.9

0.8

0.9

Armagh

1.0

1.0

1.0

1.0

0.9

0.9

0.9

1.0

0.9

0.9

Ballymena

1.0

1.0

1.0

1.0

0.9

0.9

0.9

0.9

0.9

0.9

Ballymoney

1.0

1.0

1.0

1.0

0.9

0.9

0.9

0.9

0.9

0.9

Banbridge

1.0

1.0

1.0

1.0

0.9

0.9

0.9

0.9

0.9

0.9

Belfast

0.9

0.9

0.9

0.9

0.7

0.7

0.7

0.8

0.7

0.8

Carrickfergus

1.0

1.0

1.0

0.9

0.8

0.8

0.8

0.9

0.8

0.8

Castlereagh

1,0

1.0

1.0

0.9

0.8

0.8

0.8

0.9

0.8

0.8

Coleraine

0.9

0.9

0.9

0.9

0.8

0.8

0.8

0.9

0.8

0.8

Cookstown

1.0

1.0

1.0

1.0

0.9

0.9

0.9

0.9

0.9

0.9

Craigavon

1.0

1.0

1.0

1.0

0.9

0.9

0.8

0.9

0.8

0.9

Derry

1.0

1.0

0.9

0.9

0.8

0.8

0.8

0.9

0.8

0.8

Down

1.0

1.0

1.0

1.0

0.9

0.9

0.8

0.9

0.8

0.9

Dungannon

1.0

1.0

1.0

1.0

0.9

0.9

0.9

0.9

0.9

0.9

Fermanagh

1.0

1.0

1.0

1.0

0.9

0.9

0.9

1.0

0.9

0.9

Lame

1.0

1.0

1.0

1.0

0.9

0.9

0.8

0.9

0.9

0.9

Limavady

0.9

0.9

0.9

0.9

0.8

0.8

0.8

0.9

0.8

0.8

Lisburn

0.9

1.0

0.9

0.9

0.8

0.8

0.8

0.9

0.8

0.9

Magherafelt

1.0

1.0

1.0

1.0

0.9

0.9

0.9

0.9

0.9

0.9

Moyle

1.0

1.0

1.0

0.9

0.9

0.9

0.8

0.9

0.8

0.9

Newry and Mourne

1.0

1.0

1.0

1.0

0.9

0.9

0.9

0.9

0.9

0.9

Newtownabbey

1.0

1.0

1.0

0.9

0.8

0.8

0.8

0.9

0.8

0.8

North Down

1.0

1.0

0.9

0.9

0.8

0.8

0.8

0.9

0.8

0.8

Omagh

1.0

1.0

1.0

1.0

0.9

0.9

0.8

0.9

0.8

0.9

Strabane

1.0

1.0

1.0

1.0

0.9

0.9

0.9

0.9

0.9

0.9

1 The proportions have been calculated using the mid-year population estimates for local authorities in Northern Ireland of those age 18 and above, and the number of people registered to vote in local government elections on 1 December.

Source:

Electoral Office for Northern Ireland and Northern Ireland Statistics and Research Agency.