General Election 2017: How many people are registering to vote – closes May 22!
Almost 350,000 people have registered to vote since Tuesday’s surprise announcement that there would be a general election on 8 June.
The highest number of registrations was on the day itself, with 147,000 people registering online after Theresa May fired the election starting gun, along with 3,364 paper forms being submitted.
This was the biggest total recorded for a single day since the EU referendum campaign in 2016.
And the number of young people registering is the highest of any age group.
Although numbers have begun to drop off, there are still significant voters making sure they can have their say at the ballot box.
On Wednesday, 83,000 registered, both online and on paper, with a further 62,400 on Thursday and 52,700 on Friday.
There had already been a steady stream of voters signing up ahead of the local elections being held on 4 May.
A spike in the numbers which happened on 7 April, saw 84,600 people register in one day, has been attributed to a Facebook reminder that went out to users across the UK.
The next highest day was 12 April, when 30,700 registered – a day before the registration deadline for the local elections.
Have your say
The biggest group getting their applications in to vote during this surge is young people.
Rachael Farrington, university student and founder of Voting Counts – a campaign to encourage voters to register – said the general election was a chance for young people to have their say.
“I think it is so easy to fall into the habit of not voting,” she said on her blog. “Many don’t really see how politics affects them or their lives on a day-to-day basis.
“To this I’d say think about what you care about, is it the education of yourself or children, the local community spaces, healthcare, or jobs in your local community?
This BBC video gives a cheeky and fun demonstration on how to register to vote. So, if you haven’t done it yet take a look and follow the easy and simple instructions. Don’t miss out on placing that all important cross in the voting box this election. You’ve got until May 22 to do it. It is a crucial voteSorry, there are no polls available at the moment.
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