See also the publications Voter Turnout Since 1945: A Global Report and Voter Turnout in Western Europe since 1945: A Regional Report, which are based on the data in this database.

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Voter turnout data for United Kingdom

The table below shows the statistics from recent elections in United Kingdom. The data has been verified where possible. You can click on any cell to see when the data was last reviewed. You can also help us make the database better by suggesting updates or corrections.

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Parliamentary

Year
The year the election took place or a law was passed, etc
Voter Turn­out
The voter turnout (of the only or final round) as defined as the percentage of registered voters who actually voted
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Total vote
The total number of votes cast in the relevant election. Total vote includes valid and invalid votes, as well as blank votes in cases where these are separated from invalid votes.
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Regi­­stration
The number of registered voters. The figure represents the number of names on the voters' register at the time that the registration process closes (cut-off date), as reported by the electoral management body.
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VAP Turn­out
The voter turnout as defined as the percentage of the voting age population that actually voted
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Voting age popu­­lation
The voting age population (VAP) includes all citizens above the legal voting age
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Popu­lation
The total population
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Invalid votes
A vote needs to fulfill a number of criteria to be considered as valid.
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Compulsory voting
2010
65.77%
29,991,471
45,597,461
61.06%
49,116,522
62,348,447
1.03%
 No
2005
61.36%
27,148,510
44,245,939
58.32%
46,554,470
60,270,708
0.30%
 No
2001
59.38%
26,365,192
44,403,238
57.56%
45,804,132
59,434,645
0.40%
 No
1997
71.46%
31,289,097
43,784,559
69.39%
45,093,510
58,563,000
0.20%
 No
1992
77.83%
33,653,800
43,240,084
75.36%
44,658,460
57,998,000
0.10%
 No
1987
75.42%
32,566,523
43,180,573
75.17%
43,326,080
57,008,000
0.10%
 No
1983
72.81%
30,722,241
42,192,999
71.70%
42,846,520
56,377,000
0.20%
 No
1979
76.00%
31,233,208
41,095,490
75.06%
41,608,720
56,228,000
0.40%
 No
1974
78.94%
29,226,810
40,072,970
77.88%
40,298,400
55,970,000
0.10%
 No
1970
72.15%
28,386,145
39,342,013
71.15%
39,895,200
55,410,000
0.10%
 No
1966
75.96%
27,314,646
35,957,245
73.77%
37,026,000
54,450,000
0.20%
 No
1964
77.17%
27,698,221
35,894,054
75.13%
36,864,840
54,213,000
0.10%
 No
1959
78.71%
27,862,652
35,397,304
77.46%
35,968,320
52,128,000
 No
1955
76.78%
26,759,729
34,852,179
75.75%
35,327,310
51,199,000
 No
1951
81.89%
28,596,594
34,919,331
81.36%
35,148,400
50,202,000
 No
1950
83.61%
28,771,124
34,412,255
81.59%
35,261,100
50,373,000
 No
1945
72.55%
24,117,191
33,240,391
70.05%
34,427,400
49,182,000
 No

EU Parliament

Year
The year the election took place or a law was passed, etc
Voter Turn­out
The voter turnout (of the only or final round) as defined as the percentage of registered voters who actually voted
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Total vote
The total number of votes cast in the relevant election. Total vote includes valid and invalid votes, as well as blank votes in cases where these are separated from invalid votes.
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Regi­stration
The number of registered voters. The figure represents the number of names on the voters' register at the time that the registration process closes (cut-off date), as reported by the electoral management body.
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VAP Turn­out
The voter turnout as defined as the percentage of the voting age population that actually voted
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Voting age popu­lation
The voting age population (VAP) includes all citizens above the legal voting age
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Population
The total population
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Invalid votes
A vote needs to fulfil a number of criteria to be considered as valid.
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Compulsory voting
2014
35.40%
16,454,990
46,482,909
33.20%
49,557,644
63,742,977
 No
2009
34.48%
15,625,823
45,315,669
32.05%
48,758,032
61,996,848
3.18%
 No
2004
39.21%
17,312,030
44,157,267
37.89%
45,684,593
59,699,828
1.76%
 No
1999
24.02%
10,689,847
44,495,741
24.08%
44,397,675
58,579,685
 No
1994
36.43%
15,827,417
43,443,944
36.13%
43,803,344
57,788,017
 No
1989
36.21%
15,829,054
43,710,568
36.87%
42,928,786
56,996,450
0%
 No
1984
32.57%
13,998,190
42,984,998
33.69%
41,555,327
56,362,502
0%
 No
1979
32.34%
13,446,091
41,573,897
33.29%
40,389,044
56,209,039
0%
 No