Government Sees 820,000 Voters Register Online

Over one million UK citizens have registered to vote online over the last two months, with around 820,000 using a new online registration service rather than paper-based methods.

The electoral registration process became the third public service to be digitised in June this year. The online service is part of an initiative led by the Government Digital Service (GDS) as part of the 'digital by default' push to put more public services online.

82% of electoral applications have been processed using this new online system, rather than paper registration forms sent by post. The government has recorded a satisfaction score of over 90% of citizens.

Statistics show that about one-third of people used a mobile smartphone or tablet device to access the service, while nearly a quarter of registrations have been from people under the age of 35.

Minister for the constitution Sam Gyimah said: "We designed this new online service with the user in mind, and it's great that such a large number of people across the UK are using the service and responding well to our improvements."

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