When polling day finally arrives the limelight which has shone throughout the preceding weeks on the party leaders and the national campaigns of the parties swings decisively back to the constituencies. In a general election, the morning papers carry final appeals to vote for one or other of the parties, but otherwise an uneasy quiet descends upon the national scene. The final shots have been fired on radio and television, the party headquarters have done their best or their worst, all now depends on the voter. In by-elections, local elections and European elections, the procedure is much the same, though the media coverage will usually be less comprehensive, and fewer electors will turn out to vote.
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- 4.David Butler and Richard Rose, The British General Election of 1959 (London: Macmillan, 1960), p. 280, quote a senior party organiser on this point: ‘If we lost a seat by one vote and I could clearly prove illegal practices by the other side I wouldn’t try. It would cost perhaps £5000 and they might be able to show that our man had slipped up in some way. But worse than that, it might start tit-for-tat petitions and no party could afford a lot of them. On the whole, we are both law-abiding and it’s as well to leave each other alone.’Google Scholar