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Total votes at elections 1832 to 1979

Total votes at elections 1832 to 1979

The total number of votes cast at British general elections has obviously increased as the size of the electorate has increased. The 1832 Reform Act did something to increase the size of the electorate but the main expansion in the Nineteenth Century came with the 1867 Reform Act for urban Britain to be followed by the same in 1884 for rural Britain. In 1918, the Representation of the People Act allowed women aged 30 or over (with property qualifications) to vote for the first time and this did a great deal to increase the overall size of the electorate.

1832: 827,748

1835: 611,182

1837: 797,989

1841: 593,444

1847: 482,429

1852: 743,894

1857: 716,549

1859: 565,500

1865: 854,572

1868: 2,333,251

1874: 2,466,122

1880: 3,359,216

1885: 4,638,235

1886: 2,974,163

1892: 4,598,319

1895: 3,866,282

1900: 3,523,482

1906: 5,626,091

1910: 6,667,400

1910*: 5,235,238

1918: 10,786,818

1922: 14,392,330

1923: 14,547,695

1924: 16,640,279

1929: 22,648,375

1931: 21,656,373

1935: 21,997,054

1945: 25,095,195

1950: 28,771,124

1951: 28,596,594

1955: 26,759,729

1959: 27,862,652

1964: 27,657,148

1966: 27,264,747

1970: 28,344,798

1974: 31,340,162

1974**: 29,189,104

1979: 31,221,362

* = December

** = October