The deadline to register to vote in the EU referendum has been extended
‘We will introduce secondary legislation to extend the deadline for voter registration’
If you still haven’t voted for or against remaining in the European Union, you still can. Cabinet member Matt Hancock announced today that the voter registration deadline has been extended until tomorrow midnight, Thursday June 9th.
The statement said:
“Following discussions with the Electoral Commission and strong cross party support expressed in the House of Commons, we will introduce secondary legislation to extend the deadline for voter registration until midnight tomorrow. Having taken the decision today, we think it is right to extend to midnight tomorrow (9 June) to allow people who have no yet registered time to get the message that registration is still open and get themselves registered.”
Mr. Hancock also tweeted that he was “delighted at huge voter registration levels.”
Voters complained the government website crashed hours before the official deadline, meaning that thousands of potential voters would have been deprived of their right to vote. Voters weren’t allowed to input their details after 10:40 PM. Mr Hancock explained that the server crashed due to technical difficulties, and it remains unclear whether or not those who have registered to vote already are good to go.
Official polls suggests that a lot of the population isn’t planning on voting, regardless of when the deadline is. This is especially true among young people, who are twice as likely to remain within the EU but only 51 per cent of whom were actually certain to vote at all. A third of the people used for the poll said they hadn’t followed the debate and one in 10 said they had been actively avoiding it.