Nearly half a million people registered to vote for the 2015 general election as the deadline closed yesterday, smashing the previous single-day 24 hour record by more than 300,000 people. A total of 469,047 people used the online system to add their name to the electoral roll with a further 15,965 people registering by post. The last-minute rush saw a record-breaking day for voter registrations — the previous record for single-day sign-ups was 166,000 on 5 February 2015.
Of the 485,000 people who registered on 20 April, 152,000 were aged 25 to 34 with 137,000 aged 16-24. People aged 35 to 44 were third on the list with 89,500 registrations.
Since the online voter registration system was introduced in June 2014 more than 7.1 million people have used it to join the electoral roll. During the same period 2.1 million postal registrations were processed. Sunday 19 April was another bumper day for registrations, with 123,248 people completing the online voter registration form and 1,036 paper applications also processed.