Election 2019: Why your vote MATTERS – what would happen if all non-voters VOTED this year

The UK’s third general election since 2015 will take place on Thursday, December 12 after MPs voted to hold an early poll. With less than three weeks to go, today marks the last day eligible voters can register to vote.

The deadline expires at 11.59pm tonight and there has already been a massive increase in voter registration compared to the last election.

According to the Electoral Reform Society there have been 3,191,193 applications to register in the period from the day the election was called on 29 October to midnight on Monday.

The figure is 38 percent higher than the 2,315,893 applications to register in a similar period in the 2017 election.

However, the organisation says the level of unregistered people eligible to vote stretches between 12 percent and 26 percent in regions across the UK.

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What would happen if all non-voters voted?

In 2017, the election gave 46.8 million registered electors the opportunity to vote – a ballot box turnout of 69 percent across the UK.

That number shows a third of Britain chose to stay home during the last election.

And if you still think your vote doesn’t matter, the numbers below could be wrong.

Take Prime Minister Boris Johnson’s constituency of Uxbridge and South Ruislip.

In 2017, 23,716 people voted for him giving him a majority of 5,034.

However, 22,798 voters on the electoral register didn’t turn out at all.

That means he has a theoretical majority of just 918 over those who didn’t vote.

The number puts him just beyond the 142 seats where there were more non-voters than people who voted for the winning MP.

Young people make up a big share of non-voters and the British Election Study estimates that between 40 percent and 50 percent of those aged 18 to their mid-20s voted in 2015 and 2017 compared with about 80 percent of voters aged in their 70s.

Who has registered to vote so far?

Breakdown of voter registration applications by age group so far:

  • Under 25: 1,009,000
  • 25-34: 851,000
  • 35-44: 426,000
  • 45-54: 262,000
  • 55-64: 160,000
  • 65-74: 76,000
  • Over 75: 38,000


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