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UK General Election & Referendum Turn-out

Turnout was 65% in 2010, better than in 2001 and 2005.

But 2010 was a closer election, and lower than all the elections between 1955 and 1997 when it was always over 70%.

45% of 18-24 years olds voted, and turnout in this group has not always been lower than in the general population.

The turnout in 2015 was 66.1% perhaps higher due to more TV debates, the prospect of a further coalition and the election pledge by the Conservative Party to hold and In/Out Referendum on the UK’s membership of the European Union. Interestingly, the turn out for the EU referendum on 23rd June 2016 was 72.2% compared to both General Election results and 42.2% in the AV Referendum (to change the UK voting system from first-past-the-post) in 20111

Overall election turnout in one off by-elections and relatively new elected posts such as Police and Crime Commissioners has been low.

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