The window for online registration to vote in the upcoming EU referendum has been extended after the portal crashed late last night. Many tens of thousands of visitors hit the site shortly after David Cameron and Nigel Farage were finished airing their respective views on the referendum live on ITV. The huge influx brought the website down around 10.15PM, and normal service did not resume until after the registration deadline of midnight. However, thanks to emergency legislation, registration remains open and the Prime Minister is encouraging people to keep signing up. The extension will last until midnight tomorrow (June 9th), so head over to the site when you get a chance if you want your say in the referendum on June 23rd.
Operational costs including staffing, raising public awareness of the referendum, running polling stations, administering postal ballots and counting votes amounted to 129.1 million pounds, a report by Britain's Electoral Commission said. The report did not cover spending by campaigners or referendum campaign broadcast costs.
As voters go to the polls in the EU referendum, the issue dominates Thursday's front pages. However, the BBC and other broadcasters are restricted to reporting only factual accounts of the events, in line with election day rules. A full round-up of non-referendum press coverage will appear here later.
On The Listening Post this week: As Britain's EU future hangs in the balance, are the media helping or hindering voters? As Britain prepares for a referendum on June 23 to decide on whether it should leave or remain in the European Union (EU), voters are facing an information - and opinion - overload from the country's partisan press. Talking us through the story are: Andrew Pierce, reporter at Daily Mail; Zoe Williams, columnist at The Guardian UK; Anand Menon, professor of Politics and Foreign Affairs at King's College, London; Ian Burrell, Media Editor, The Drum. Buzzfeed pulls out of a 1.3m ad deal with the Republican National Committee over the Republican candidate Donald Trump. ICIJ, the organisation behind some of the biggest financial stories, including the Panama Papers, is cutting jobs as it faces a financial crunch.
There could be unstoppable demand for a re-run of the EU referendum if Remains wins by a narrow margin on 23 June, UKIP leader Nigel Farage has said. Mr Farage said he believed the Leave campaign were on course for victory. But he said there would be resentment, particularly in the Conservative Party, if not, with claims the referendum will not have been a fair contest. Leave campaigners are angry at the government for spending 9m on pro-EU leaflets sent to every UK home.