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BBC Rewind: Postal votes on the rise

One of the big developments in the general election of 2005 was the rise in postal votes, up by around 400 per cent from the 2001 election. Over five million people applied for a postal ballot in the 2005 general election, avoiding the time-honoured tradition of the polling station altogether. This is thought to have been primarily prompted by the availability of postal votes to any elector. Previously, voters had been required to give a suitable reason for voting in this fashion.

Clip taken from BBC News, first broadcast 5 May 2005

  • 17 Nov 2014