General Election 2017: Young people in last minute rush to register to vote in St Albans

Ballot box

Ballot box - Credit: Archant

Young people rushed to register to vote in the final weekend before last Monday’s deadline, according to St Albans council.

Between Saturday and Monday, 3,100 people registered to vote in St Albans.

Of those, 1,300 were new voters, which could mean a big youth turnout at the General Election in June.

Data released by the government showed a huge uptake in the number of people aged under 25 registering to vote since the snap election was announced.

Between Saturday and Monday, 375,930 under-25s registered to vote, 246,487 of whom registered on the Monday.

However, the number has continued to stay high even after the deadline passed, with 8,701 under-25s registering on Tuesday, May 22.

A Cabinet Office spokesperson said: “246,487 people under 25 years old applied to register to vote on 22 May. This is the highest number we have seen apply to register in one day.”