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Last Updated: Tuesday, 5 April 2005, 11:20 GMT 12:20 UK
The election number crunch
No-one knows the number of votes needed to decide the general election...but here are some other poll-related figures.

646
The number of seats in Parliament up for grabs

44, 180, 243
The number of voters registered by December 2004

840
The number of minutes most polling stations will be open on election day.

61
The number of new political parties which registered in 2004

59
The percentage turnout in the last election

33
The smallest majority of any MP - held by Lib Dem Patsy Calton

21,949
The largest majority of any MP, held by Joe Benton in Bootle

22,890,000
The amount of money each party can spend in the 12 months before the election if they put up candidates in all areas (this figure only true if election happens before 11 June)

500
The cost in pounds of an election deposit

150
The cost in pounds of registering a political party

84
The highest percentage turnout since 1832 - which came in 1950

21
The age of the youngest election candidate, Liberal Democrat Hannah Hedges in Hitchen and Harpenden. Anyone younger than 21 cannot stand.

6
The number of by-elections since the last general election.

5
The maximum number of years there can be between general elections.

1969
The year the voting age was cut to 18-years-old.



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