Election 2015

Election 2015: One million go online to register to vote

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More than one million people have gone online to register to vote in the space of just over three weeks, the Electoral Commission has said.

Most of the applications were from young people, with peaks coinciding with the start of the campaign period and the televised leaders' debate.

A further 100,000 applications have been made on paper since 16 March, the commission says.

The deadline to register to vote in the general election is 20 April.

In a breakdown of online applications made so far, data taken from the Government's Digital Service found:

  • The highest number of applications (85,172) was made on 30 March - the start of the official general election campaign period and the dissolution of Parliament
  • There were 82,378 online applications made on 2 April, the day of ITV's leaders' debate. During the programme, visitors to the registration site peaked at 12,500 after viewers were given the website address
  • Monday is the most popular day for people to apply to register to vote
  • Of the 1,016,248 applications made since the first TV advert by the Electoral Commission was broadcast on 16 March, almost 300,000 are from 16 to 24-year-olds and more than 350,000 from 25 to 34-year-olds

Some of these applications would have been made by people already registered to vote, the Electoral Commission said, so it was not expecting to add another one million people to the electoral register.

The commission has been working with student bodies and youth groups since last summer to try to engage with traditionally under-registered groups.

Alex Robertson, of the Electoral Commission, said registering online was easy and only took a few minutes.

"We don't want anyone to miss out, so we're encouraging anyone still not registered to go online before the 20 April deadline."

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You can register by post and, if you live in England, Scotland and Wales, online at www.gov.uk/register-to-vote. If you live in Northern Ireland, you will need to register using a different form.

You can check whether you are on the electoral roll by contacting the electoral services department at your local council. Their contact details are listed on the Electoral Commission's special website.

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