Hundreds of thousands rush online to secure their vote

More than 123,000 people registered online on Sunday to vote in the 2015 UK general election as the window to have their names added to the electoral roll draws to a close.

The surge is the second-highest 24-hour total since the launch of the online registration platform in June 2014, reaching a peak of 123,248 people yesterday, with registration due to close at midnight on Monday. Figures from the Government showed a near-doubling from the previous day, when 64,990 people signed up online.

It is expected that the previous record-high of 156,369 registrations on 5 February will be toppled on Monday as more people turn to online to fill in their forms. The digital take-up is leading the way as so far only 2.1 million postal registrations were recorded, in contrast with 6.6 million people who have registered online.

The government data also showed young people were dominating the online registration demographic breakdown on Sunday, with more than 47,000 aged 16 to 24 and almost 40,000 aged 25 to 34 having filled in the form. Those 65 or over amounted to only 2800.

The majority of the registrations were made by UK residents adding up to 119,374, followed by 3,573 registrations from British citizens living abroad, 241 from the armed forces and 60 from crown servants and British Council employees.

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