Media & PR

Confirmed: number of entries on the electoral register went up, not down

A footnote to my posts earlier in the year on The myth about 1 million people being wiped off electoral register, Electoral register totals: the myth is still a myth even after the “new” figures and Oh look, latest figures show electoral register has gone up, not down.

The final data for the size of the electoral register at the election is in:

Electoral register size

Up, not down.

Of course all those media outlets which ran banner headlines about the electoral register shrinking will any moment now be running equally sized stories about how events actually turned out … or at least this is another example of how the combination of lurid headlines, premature reporting and not returning to the scene of your errors means news so often is a matter of lucky dip as to whether it is fact or fiction.


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