A spokesperson for the Electoral Commission has confirmed that the 2017 General Election will take place over two days – it has now been extended so the polls will be open on both the 8th and 9th of June to accommodate the ‘huge number’ of voters who have registered at the last minute.
In order to ease health and safety concerns regarding overcrowding in polling booths, a media campaign is now underway to let voters know which day they should attend their polling station and cast their ballot.
People who intend to vote Labour, Liberal Democrat, Green, SNP or Independent will be instructed to attend on the 8th June, while Conservative, UKIP, BNP and Britain First voters will be told to go to their allocated polling station on 9th June.
Abstainers and those who wish to spoil their ballot papers will be free to choose their preferred day to vote.
Dr Hugh Jasche of the Electoral Commission told our Chief Reporter that the record number of new voter registrations will make the election ‘a fantastic achievement for democracy.’
He added: ‘We are expecting an all-time record turnout for this election, and while this is amazing news for the democratic process, it has to be remembered that we have an obligation to the voting public to keep them as safe as possible while they are at the ballot box.’
‘We cannot run the risk of overcrowding, especially if this spell of very warm weather continues, and therefore we have been forced to take the difficult decision and split the vote over two days.’
‘Each day needs to be organised in terms of the party being voted for so that it doesn’t become a logistical nightmare for the counting staff and returning officers.’
However, there have been some calls from leading Labour politicians that the decision will work heavily in favour of the Tories.
One source within Labour HQ said: ‘Giving Tory supporters the Friday vote will give them a massive numerical advantage.’
‘At 7.30pm, everyone is going to say ‘Ah shit, Corrie’s on now. Bugger that, I’m going to go out and vote instead.’