Since the election was called, 1.1 million young people have registered to vote

Louis Dor
Thursday 18 May 2017 10:15
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Since Prime Minister Theresa May called for an election on 18 April, exactly a month ago, 1,191,101 people under the age of 35 have applied to register to vote.

According to data from the electoral register, 591,730 people under the age of 25 have applied to register, while 599,371 between the ages of 25 and 34 have applied.

On April 18, the day Theresa May announced the election, 100,000 people under the age of 35 applied to the electoral register.

In the last fortnight, although not quite hitting that rate, an average of 23,824 people under the age of 25 have applied every day.

This compares to an average of 4,116 every day, in the month prior to Theresa May's announcement.

In the last week 222,765 people under the age of 25 have registered to vote, alongside 212,551 aged 25-34.

In the same time, 201,729 aged 35 and over registered to vote.

The reasons behind this may be that younger people are more likely to change addresses and therefore more likely to need to register prior to elections.

The lowest sign up rate has been among the over 75's.

This may be welcome news for Jeremy Corbyn and Labour, given that young people are more likely to vote Labour than the general public, it's worth remembering that young people don't vote as a homogenous block.

If you still need to register to vote, you can do so here. If you're a student at two addresses, you may find this handy tool useful.

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