With the Glasgow North East by election just around the corner, I'm sure it is just coincidence that the following has happened recently...
Postal vote applications granted - 6,065 (2005 figure 2419).
Constituency voters roll total on the 1st October 2009 = 60,037. Voters roll at the end of October = 62,475. A huge increase of 2,438.
The massive increase in postal votes mirror those in the Glenrothes by election last year. 80% of the postal votes granted in Glenrothes were used.
Labour controlled Glasgow City Council have this to say,
“It's worth mentioning that we have been carrying out a lot of publicity recently to encourage people to register to vote.”
“We have increased the number of full time canvassers working in the city and most of these have been prioritising the Glasgow North East constituency. We are using our canvassers to capture the increased interest given a by-election is being held.”
“There were also adverts in national newspapers (Record, Sun, Metro) and Evening Times, Radio Clyde, plus advertising in outdoor locations, on the Glasgow Subway and elsewhere.”
“In addition, the Electoral Commission carried out some PR last week to encourage people to register etc.”