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      Monday 20, April 2015

      Election 2015: Deadline looms as Twitter big guns encourage last-minute voter registration

      Politicians and celebrities alike have taken to social media to urge people to register to vote in time for the general election.

      From satirist Armando Iannucci to UKIP leader Nigel Farage, well-known Tweeters have reminded their followers of the registration deadline at midnight tonight (Monday 20 April).

      Anybody wishing to vote must be registered by this time or they will not be able to do so.

      Mr Farage posted the reminder alongside a link to a Telegraph article with information on how to vote.

      Mr Iannucci, who created the BBC political sitcom The Thick of It, described the upcoming election on 7 May as the closest in decades and shared the link to the government website where you can register to vote.


      Referring his followers to the same website, Labour leader Ed Miliband said: “Your vote on 7 May can help change Britain, but you need to make sure you’re registered before midnight tonight.”

      Yesterday, BBC News’ political editor, Nick Robinson, warned people away from apathy, tweeting: “Tomorrow is your last chance to register to vote, do it online or visit your local town hall - Say No to No Say.”

      And satirist and broadcaster Charlie Brooker attempted to reassure the more disorganised would-be voters, reminding followers they do not need to know their national insurance number to register.

      Last week, the Electoral Commission teamed up with Twitter to remind people to register to vote.

      Millions of Twitter users in the UK saw a notification in their newsfeed encouraging them to register to vote and providing information on how to do so.

      Alex Robertson, Director of Communications at the Electoral Commission, said: “More and more people have been getting themselves registered, but it’s now time for one last push.

      "It’s fantastic that Twitter is working with us to remind millions of people that it only takes a few minutes to fill in a form.”

      Joanna Geary, Head of News and Government at Twitter UK, said: “Twitter has always served as a powerful platform for individuals around the world to raise their voice and share ideas on the issues that matter most to them."

      The last general election in 2010 saw a voter turnout of 65.1 percent across the UK, an increase on the two previous elections in 2005 and 2001 when turnout was 61.4 per cent and 59.4 per cent respectively.

      The 2001 election was the first time since World War Two that turnout had fallen below 70 per cent.

      By David Taylor