This is it! 20th April is your last chance to make sure you can vote at the UK general election
Time has almost run out to register to vote ahead of May’s polls, warns the Electoral Commission. The deadline to register to vote is midnight on Monday 20th April. Anyone who submits an application after that date will not be eligible to vote at the 2015 general election.
There have been more than 1.7 million applications to register to vote in the past five weeks. More than 1.5 million (1,563,176) have been made online at www.gov.uk/registertovote and approximately 170,000 have been paper applications. Almost 470,000 online applications (469,871) have come from 16-24 year olds.
Commission research indicates, however, that millions of people remain unregistered.
Jenny Watson, Chair of the Electoral Commission, said:
“This is your last chance to register to vote if you want to make your voice heard on 7th May. It takes just a few minutes to apply to register online, so do it now.
“We don’t want anyone to miss out, but if you miss the deadline on 20th April and then try to vote you will be turned away from the polling station on election day. Make sure this doesn’t happen to you.”
Data taken from the Government’s Digital Service shows that since 16th March:
- The day with the highest number of online applications so far was yesterday (16th April) with 110,000 applications, the same day the BBC aired the debate with opposition leaders.
- The day with the next highest number of online applications was Monday 30th March. That coincided with the start of the official General Election campaign period and the dissolution of parliament.
- Following a request by the Commission for Broadcasters to include registration information in key election programming, visits to Gov.uk/registertovote during yesterday’s debate on the BBC were averaging around 2,000 before increasing to almost 25,000 after the host gave information on how to register. During the leaders’ debate on ITV on 2 April, visits increased to 12,500 after the host provided registration information.
The deadline to register to vote is midnight, Monday 20 April.