There are four million 17 year-olds that turn 18 before the November election.
Incorrect—there are only around 725,000 17 year-olds in the UK. The general election is set to be on 12 December.
We’ve seen a Facebook post making claims about the number of 17 year-olds who’ll turn 18 before the general election.
“Did you know that 4 MILLION 17-year-olds turn 18 before the November election?
If you are 17 ½ you can register to vote NOW.”
Facebook user, 27 October 2019
We don’t know exactly how many of these people will turn 18 before election day. You can register to vote in the UK if you are over 16 (or over 14 in Scotland), but you have to be 18 or over on polling day to be able to vote (assuming you are British, Irish or a qualifying Commonwealth citizen and are resident at an address in the UK).
This article is part of our work factchecking potentially false pictures, videos and stories on Facebook. You can read more about this—and find out how to report Facebook content—here. For the purposes of that scheme, we’ve rated this claim as false because none of the claims are correct for the UK.
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