— Mike Smithson (@MSmithsonPB) April 21, 2015
On the face of it this is good news for LAB
On top of the online registrations a further 15,965 people registering by post. The total who signed themselves up was the equivalent of well over 750 people for each parliamentary constituency or roughly one percent of the electorate.
According to Wired of those who registered yesterday “152,000 were aged 25 to 34 with 137,000 aged 16-24. People aged 35 to 44 were third on the list with 89,500 registrations.”
These are big numbers and suggest a high level of interest in the election particularly from demographic groups who normally have the lowest turnout levels. They are also segments which tend to be more pro-LAB than those up the age scale.
I’m coming to the view that overall turnout could be around the 70% mark.
What I find odd is that pollsters don’t routinely ask whether those in their samples are registered. This, surely, is something they should be doing.