General Election Turnout 1945-2017

The highest turnout at a General Election in the United Kingdom was 83.9 percent in 1950 and was only slightly lower the following year at 82.6 percent. Until 1997, turnout was always above 70 percent before dropping to a low of 59.4 percent in 2001. The high level of apathy in 2001 was put down to the near certainty of the re-election of the Labour Party and there has been a steady increase in participation at every election since. The 2016 referendum on Britain's membership of the European Union saw 72.21 percent of voters turn up to vote and 68.8 percent chose to exercise their democratic right at the 2017 General Election. 

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