Celebrities push last-minute registration surge

Monday, November 25, 2019

Nearly three million people have registered to vote in the past month, ahead of the 11.59pm November 26 deadline.

Government figures show more than a third of these applications have come from people under the age of 25, with a further 30 per cent from those aged between 25 and 34. Just four per cent of registrations have come from people aged 65 and over.

Of the 2.98 million applications submitted between October 24 and November 24 the biggest spike was on November 22 when nearly 308,000 people registered.

The latest celebrity to get involved in the registration drive was Game of Thrones star Emilia Clarke, who said “you have a voice, use it” in a video that has already garnered more than 200,000 views.

Other celebrities to urge fans to vote include bands Foals and Editors, Radio 1 DJ Clara Afomo and actor Alex Lawther.

To be able to vote in the general election on December 12, a person must be registered to vote, aged 18 or over on polling day, and also be either a UK or Irish citizen or a qualifying Commonwealth citizen resident in the UK.

Applications to register to vote can be made online at gov.uk/register-to-vote.

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