A record-breaking 350,000 people registered yesterday after the rapper and YouTuber called on people to vote in the general election
Yesterday, a record-breaking 350,000 people registered to vote in the upcoming UK general election. The numbers saw a surge following posts on social media by Stormzy and YouTuber KSI.
Of this number – the highest in a single day this entire electoral campaign – 150,000 were under 25, while 264,000 were under 35.
Stormzy – whose number one single “Vossi Bop” famously features the line: “Fuck the government and fuck Boris” – announced that he would be backing Labour and Jeremy Corbyn, and urged his fans to register to vote – no matter who they supported.
“It is very, very, very important that every single person who reads this goes and registers to vote,” the rapper wrote. “Don’t sit there and think, ‘my one little voice ain’t gonna do anything’ – your vote is CRUCIAL.”
He continued: “There are several reasons as to why I’m voting for (Corbyn)... for me, he is the first man in a position of power who is committed to giving the power back to the people. I think Boris Johnson is a sinister man with a long record of lying.” The rapper goes on to reference the racist rhetoric spouted by the prime minister, including comparing women in burqas to “letterboxes”, and calling black people “picaninnies” with “watermelon smiles”.
“These are all MY views,” Stormzy concluded. “GO OUT AND DO YOUR OWN RESEARCH AND TRY YOUR BEST TO LEARN AND UNDERSTAND WHO IT IS YOU’RE VOTING FOR.”
Half an hour earlier, YouTuber KSI posted to his 5.3 million Twitter followers, urging them to register. He said: “Please register to vote people (I low-key just remembered to register today lol). Deadline is tomorrow.” Registration applications surged just minutes later.
Yesterday, Grime4Corbyn also confirmed its return and support for Labour following the 2017 election. Organiser Saskilla revealed the news at the launch of Corbyn’s Arts for All policy on Sunday evening, with the group set to host an event on November 29.
You have until 11:59pm tonight (November 26) to register to vote. If you are not registered, please do so here – it takes five minutes and you can help change the country. Read why Dazed is supporting Labour here.