Sunday 22 October 2017

Referendum registration deadline extended after website glitch

A last-minute rush by voters looking to vote in the EU referendum caused the registration website to crash
A last-minute rush by voters looking to vote in the EU referendum caused the registration website to crash
Gareth Morgan

Gareth Morgan

The deadline for registering to vote in the Brexit referendum is being extended after a website crashed.

A last-minute rush before the midnight deadline on Tuesday blocked many wishing to take part in the June 23 vote.

Although the website was only down for two hours, it was decided to extend the deadline by 48 hours in order to allow time for disappointed voters to learn of the further chance to sign up.

British MPs will vote today on a statutory instrument to amend the EU Referendum Conduct Regulations. This has the effect of extending the registration deadline by 48 hours until tonight.

Pro-Brexit Tory Sir Gerald Howarth said it was voters' own fault if they left registering to vote until the last minute and got caught in Tuesday's rush. He said the Government should not change electoral regulations in the middle of the campaign to suit people who have not been organised enough.

Irish Independent

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