Brilliant: half a million voters registered yesterday (but too late now)

The Electoral Commission said there have been 2,296,530 online applications to register to vote since its campaign began on 16 March. Of these, 707,171 applications were made by 16-24 year olds.

The previous record for single day sign-ups was 166,000 on 5 February – National Voter Registration Day. The third highest was 123,000 online applications on Sunday, 19 April – following David Cameron’s appearance on BBC’s Andrew Marr show. The next highest was 110,000 on Thursday, 16 April – the day of the BBC’s live election debate featuring the leaders of the five main opposition parties.

Research carried out in 2014 suggested that 7.5 million people eligible to vote were not on the electoral register.