Election Night and Its Aftermath
For most voters, election day was warm (the warmest since 1997), if wet (with some of the heaviest rain since the election of February 1974, especially in Scotland). The usual reporting restrictions limited discussion of the election on conventional media to stilted accounts of polling stations opening and politicians casting their votes, although on social media—here as elsewhere driving a coach and horses through much of existing electoral law—there were claims of unusually long queues at some polling stations, along with a larger than normal presence of younger voters, especially in some university towns and cities. In Newcastle-under-Lyme, there were reports of newly registered students being turned away at Keele University despite having polling cards, until council staff were forced to produce up-to-date registers. However, claims of high turnout had frequently been made in the past, only to turn out to be exaggerated, and rumours about the high participation of young voters and students failed to dent private predictions in all the political parties that the election would result in a comfortable Conservative majority.