Nearly 2,000 People Registered To Vote On Christmas Day

Almost 2,000 people submitted voters registration applications on Christmas Day – up 23% on last year.

A total of 1,764 applications were submitted on December 25, according to government figures.

The majority (63%) were from people aged 34 and under, while 2% came from those aged 65 and over.

It was the highest number of Christmas Day applications since records began in 2014.

The jump might reflect growing public anticipation of a general election or second EU referendum in 2019.

Applications between December 1 and 25 totalled 353,810 – a 15% increase on the same period last year.

Writer Armando Iannucci used Twitter several times this month to urge his half a million followers to make sure they are registered to vote, as “there’s going to be a referendum or general election soon, and you’ll only kick yourself if you don’t”.

Can I advise you, if you haven’t already done so, to register to vote? There’s going to be a referendum or general election soon, and you’ll only kick yourself if you don’t.

— Armando Iannucci (@Aiannucci) December 4, 2018

While there are no nationwide elections currently scheduled for 2019, polls are due to take place on May 2 in England in a number of local contests.

Seats on around 250 local authorities will be available, including five newly-created councils: Bournemouth, Christchurch & Poole, Dorset, East Suffolk, West Suffolk, and Somerset West & Taunton.

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Source:: The Huffington Post – UK Tec


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