Turnout for the NUS referendum was at 28.4% just before 5pm yesterday, making it the largest percentage turnout in memory, beating the 26.8% from 2002. The turnout terms of pure numbers is huge, standing at 3,762 just before 5pm. The last referendum saw turnout of 2,749.
Both sides have told Live! they are exhausted and pleased the voting period was lowered from five days to three days. Voting was dropping off yesterday evening and passers-by on the walkway seemed equally fatigued by the referendum. The earlier chemical incident very nearly brought everything to a halt, but the section of walkway outside the JCR remained open.
Returning officer Jon Matthews is also believed to be fatigued, having dealt with many complaints over the course of the last fortnight and spending Wednesday morning impounding Guildsheet.
Turnout figures and results will be released shortly after 7pm this evening.