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MSE News: EU vote registration deadline extended until Thursday night

MSE_Luke
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The deadline to register for a vote in the EU referendum has been extended to 11.59pm on Thursday 9 June after technical problems with the Government's website meant some people missed the original deadline...
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'EU vote registration deadline extended until Thursday night after website crashes'
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  • mayonnaise
    mayonnaise Posts: 3,690 Forumite
    Done.

    Thank You Luke.
    Don't blame me, I voted Remain.
  • liviboy
    liviboy Posts: 544 Forumite
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    It's not exactly as if the referendum has just sneaked-up.

    Why were so many people leaving it to the final hour and forty-five minutes to register?????

    I can't ever remember a time where I haven't been registered to vote, granted I'm under 30 but in that time I've moved house several times and always moved my electoral registration.

    It just beggars belief, especially considering there was an election just over a year ago for the whole of the UK and other elections regionally in May of this year that so many people had failed to register until the final hour and forty-five minutes.
  • DigForVictory
    DigForVictory Posts: 11,905 Forumite
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    Those that chase votes by electronic means (& who communicate by electronic means) have to be prepared for it to go wrong sometimes.

    I foresee all sorts of legal wranglings post vote over whether or not it was fair, representative etc.
  • Filo25
    Filo25 Posts: 2,131 Forumite
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    Those that chase votes by electronic means (& who communicate by electronic means) have to be prepared for it to go wrong sometimes.

    I foresee all sorts of legal wranglings post vote over whether or not it was fair, representative etc.

    I doubt the additional number who will register will have much of an impact unless it is a phenomenally tight race.
  • mjm3346
    mjm3346 Posts: 46,889 Forumite
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    Site down less than 2 hours but the deadline extended 48 hours - nothing to do with the majority of late ones expected to be "remain" voters.
  • unforeseen
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    And there will still be people complaining that they need more time to register when it closes on Thursday.
  • wymondham
    wymondham Posts: 6,354 Forumite
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    I don't think its people leaving it late .... its people who never intended to vote, but due to the rubbish being told by both sides feel they have to vote to make it all go away!
  • Torry_Quine
    Torry_Quine Posts: 18,829 Forumite
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    liviboy wrote: »
    It's not exactly as if the referendum has just sneaked-up.

    Why were so many people leaving it to the final hour and forty-five minutes to register?????

    I can't ever remember a time where I haven't been registered to vote, granted I'm under 30 but in that time I've moved house several times and always moved my electoral registration.

    It just beggars belief, especially considering there was an election just over a year ago for the whole of the UK and other elections regionally in May of this year that so many people had failed to register until the final hour and forty-five minutes.

    That's exactly what I've been thinking.
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  • Sapphire
    Sapphire Posts: 4,269 Forumite
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    It beggars belief. I smell a very large rat…
  • jamesd
    jamesd Posts: 26,103 Forumite
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    edited 9 June 2016 at 2:06AM
    Sapphire wrote: »
    It beggars belief. I smell a very large rat…
    No need to smell much of a rat, at the general election only about 20% of late registrations ended up being new people on the electoral roll. Lots of people who were already on the toll applying again. So half a million late applications might mean just 100,000 new registrations. Similar late registration pattern that time as well, just a bit stronger this time, so uninspiring that the site couldn't cope.

    Someone who tried to register but couldn't might face a lifetime of "I've been hard done by" resentment if the vote goes in a way different from the way they planned to vote. Worth a little consideration to help to prevent that.

    If you want to try to undo the effect:

    1. If in the exit group, offer to help locals who may need help and who are older to get to the polling station.
    2. if in the remain in group try similar with students and other young people.
    3. If you can control the weather, aim for snow or rain, as hard as possible, to decrease the turnout if you want an exit vote, since exit voters tend to be more committed to voting both by opinion and demographics.
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