10 Fascinating Facts about the British General Elections
24 April 2015
- General elections tend to be held on a Thursday. This is convention, and the Prime Minister could change the day. The last general election not to be held on a Thursday was on Tuesday, 27 October 1931.
- In 1969, the voting age was lowered from 21 to 18.
- In 1918, women over 30 could vote and in 1928, women over 21 could vote.
- There are 46,139,900 voters in the UK.
- The lowest turnout at a UK general election was at the end of World War I when polling stations saw just 57.2% of eligible voters cast their ballot.
- Democracy costs! The last general election in 2010 cost an estimated £113.2 million.
- The Queen can vote but she does not as it is considered unconstitutional.
- Polling staff cannot turn away drunk voters, but if you appear incapable of casting your vote, you will need to prove that you are capable.
- The smallest parliamentary constituency is Islington North at 7.35 square kilometres.
- It is estimated that approximately 7.5million voters are missing from the electoral register – hence the reminders!