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UK: Today is the last day of voter registration ahead of the election, with
Labour in particular advocating individuals sign up. The young are more likely
not to be registered than the old, and with Labour relying on a strong youth
turnout registration is key for denying the Conservatives a majority.
- According to the Electoral Reform Society, a pressure group that pushes for
the introduction of proportional representation in the UK, 2.8mn individuals
have registered to vote since the election was called in early November. The
group states that in the comparable period of the 2017 election campaign the
figure was 1.7mn applications.
- A large number of these have come from the under-35s age bracket, which in the
last election more than any other swung strongly behind the Labour party.
- There has been speculation that the UK's long-running Brexit saga could dampen
turnout due to voter fatigue, but this appears unlikely. Instead the intense
polarisation of the electorate between old and young, renters and homeowners,
social conservatives and social liberals, and most pertinently Remainers and
Leavers, could push turnout to its highest level since the early 1990s.