The number of postal voters has risen by more than a quarter in the three parliamentary constituencies in Brighton and Hove.
The increase – from 30,304 at the last general election in 2010 to 38,060 for today’s elections – has helped to lift voter turnout today (Thursday 7 May).
But the number of proxy voters has halved from 1,092 to 510 this time round despite a campaign on the campus at Sussex University in Falmer.
The number of voters registered to vote in the general election in Brighton and Hove has topped 200,000.
A total of 201,553 are on the electoral register compared with 198,175 last time. Some voters in the Brighton Kemptown constituency – in parts of Saltdean and in Peacehaven – are registered with Lewes District Council.
Even more people have registered to vote in the local elections where different rules affect who can take part.
Some 211,893 were eligible to elect the 54 members of Brighton and Hove City Council compared with 203,838 at the last local elections in 2011.
The council said that European Union citizens were allowed to vote in local elections but not the general election. This accounted for the difference in numbers.