General election 2017: Exit polls for Britain’s next government are about to drop

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    Exit polls drop at 10 p.m. BST when voting closes. Exit polls are usually pretty accurate in forecasting who will win the general election. There are a number of reports from different areas where people are being turned away for voting due to electoral services issues. The number of people registered to vote is higher than the 2015 general election. Results are expected to be clear around 4 a.m. BST.

LONDON – Exit polls will drop as soon as voting closes at 10 p.m. BST. Until then, by law, the media is not allowed to publish exit polls indicating how people are voting.

Exit polls are usually pretty accurate in forecasting who will win the general election. The results from last five elections matched exit polls closely.

There are 46.9 million people registered to vote – a rise from the 2015 general election number of 46.4 million.

Between 3 a.m. and 4 a.m. local time on June 9, we should get a clear indication of who has won the general election.

A total of 650 Westminster MPs will be elected. In order for a party to get a clear majority in government, it would have to claim 326 seats.

There are reports that there were issues at polling stations in several constituencies where people were unable to vote as their names were not on the register despite having polling cards.

2130 – HERE COME THE EXIT POLLS

The exit polls will be a result of a survey of 144 polling stations across Britain, jointly commissioned by the BBC, ITV, and Sky and will became immediately available at 10 p.m. BST.

A number of other outlets are publishing their own exit polls, including popular music magazine NME.

NME says it exit poll will be a representative sample of 1,000 people, aged 18-34-year-olds between 7 a.m. to 9 p.m. BST.

NME ran a campaign in the lead up to voting day called “My Plus One” to encourage young people to vote. It said “if every person under 25 took a friend with them to the polling station today, 2,527,743 more votes would be cast.”

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