As the Independent revealed today, the drive to register voters for the General Election paid off hugely, with an astonishing 622,000 people registering yesterday before the midnight deadline – of which 246,000 were under 25.
This takes the total who registered in just over one month between Theresa May’s 18 April announcement of the General Election and yesterday’s deadline to over 2.9 million, with a high proportion of those new voters below 25 years of age – and two million in the under-35 age bracket.
To put this into context, in the five months between Dec 2014 and the cut-off just before the General Election in May 2015, one million registered.
Yesterday’s total significantly outstripped the 485,000 who registered on the last day for the 2015 General Election and the 525,000 who registered on the final day for the EU referendum.
This means that we go into the 2017 General Election with well over three million voters who were not registered for the 2015 one.
In 2015, just under 31 million people voted, so if everyone who has registered this year votes, they will represent well over 10% of the total number of people who voted in 2015.
Just the two million under-35s who registered this time around are equivalent to around 6.5% of the 2015 total.
Enough to make any polls and permutations meaningless – if they all turn up to vote on 8 June. And if you need/want to vote by post, remember you can still register for that up to 23.59hrs tonight, as long as you’re registered to vote at all.
As the West Wing observes, decisions are made by those who turn up. If you’ve registered, make sure you get out to vote and have your say. Engaging in our democracy is one of the best ways to show we stand against terrorists and all they represent.
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