Website crash means one day extension as PM says 'continue to register'
David Cameron has said people who register to vote today for the EU referendum will be able to vote on June 23, despite the government’s website crashing last night ahead of the deadline.
Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn had called for an extension of the deadline for the 27,000 or more who could be denied a vote.
However, opening PMQs today, the prime minister said Cameron has said ‘people should continue to register today’, and that the government was working with the Electoral Commission to ensure voters are registered.
This means if you haven’t registered already – you can do so now by clicking here. It takes five minutes.
Vote Leave has already emailed its supporters urging them to register now the deadline has been extended, and to encourage friends and family to do the same.
Remain voters might want to consider doing likewise.
— BBC News (UK) (@BBCNews) June 8, 2016
‘Last night there was record demand on the Gov.uk website from people concerned they might not be registered to vote in the referendum, and this caused an overload of the system.
I’m very clear that people should continue to register today.
The Electoral Commission has made a statement this morning urging the government to consider options that would effectively extend the deadline and these should include legislative options, and we are doing that, and discussing that with the Electoral Commission today.’
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