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