Voter turnout for the 2019 general election down on 2017

Voter turnout at the 2019 general election is slightly down on two years ago, despite reports of ' busiest ever polling stations ' and people queuing 45 minutes to vote.

The Conservative Party won an overwhelming majority in the election, with Labour suffering their worst defeat in years.

Lib Dem leader Jo Swinson resigned after losing her seat, while Jeremy Corbyn has confirmed that he will not lead the Labour party in any future general election campaigns.

Early indications suggest that turnout has fallen 1.6% on the last general election, although the final figure will not be known until all votes have been counted and confirmed.  

What was the turnout at the general election?

The voter turnout this year currently stands at 67.2%, which is slightly down on the 2017 general election .

This figure may change, as there are still a handful of seats to be declared.

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In 2017 voter turnout was 68.8%, in 2015 it was 66.2%, and in 2010 it was 65.1%.

From 1922 to 1997 voter turnout was consistently over 70%, while in 2001 just 59.4% voted Tony Blair into Downing Street.

The highest turnout ever seen in the UK came in 1950, when 83.9% voted.

The next UK election is currently scheduled to take place in May 2024.

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