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Background: Britain began going to the Polls this morning (Thursday) to decide its future Government. An additional 2,000,000 voters representing the new electorate of 18 to 21-year-olds is expected to swell the average 28,000,000 voters who went to the Polls in the last three General Elections.
The accuracy of Opinion Polls, which have made the headlines in the press and on television over the past few weeks, will be proved or disproved within the next 24-hours.
As the nation goes to Polling Stations to decide who will represent it in its 630 Constituencies, indicating are that a Labour Government will be returned to power. Their confidence is reflected in an overwhelming verdict of the final Public Opinion Poll.
The three leading tasters of public opinion predict that Labour will have a House of Commons majority of between 20 and 100 Seats.
But whatever the outcome of today's voting, it is almost certain to be an unusually high electoral turn-out. Some observers are predicting the biggest General Election vote since 1951.
Conservative Leader, Mr. Edward Heath, whose Party has been trailing Labour in the Opinion Polls since the Campaign began four weeks ago, is still confident of a massive housewives vote to win him the Election.
Mr. Heath is confident that women, who form more than half the total 39,000,000 Electorate, have turned against the Government because of steadily mounting prices during the six years of Labour rule.
But against Mr. Heath's hopes are the stark facts of a new franchise for the 2,000,000 new voters in the 18 to 2-year-old age range. According to the Opinion Polls, a vast majority of these new voters are supporters of Labour. First Election results will be announced shortly after 22,00 hours tonight (Thursday), but the final verdict will not become completely clear until the earl hours of tomorrow (Friday) morning.