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. … 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.”