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Thursday, 25 May 2017

Burned by Brexit, young Brits are registering to vote in droves

Burned by Brexit, young Brits are registering to vote in droves
- The world’s most politically apathetic youth are finally mobilizing.
Voter turnout among young people is notoriously low in the UK—it has fallen from 66% in 1992 to around 40% in the last general election in 2015. But since mid-April, when prime minister Theresa May announced a snap election for June 8, voters aged 18-25 have registered to vote at historically high rates.
Over a million young people have registered to vote over the past month or so—the most of any age group. Over the past five weeks, more under-25s have registered to vote than at the same period in the run-up to the Brexit referendum last year and the general election in 2015.