The last December election took place almost a century ago, in 1923. Why are winter elections so rare, what difference does it make to voters, turnout, and campaigners, and how has it affected the overall outcome in the past?
I can attempt to answer this question by reasoning why it is thought not to be the best idea to hold an election in the winter.
Firstly, it's winter. People natuarlly dont spend as much time outside in the winter due to the cold weather, potential for icy conditions and the duration of daylight being shorter. Express Article 2016
If people are less likely to go out in general then it follows that they are less likely to go out to the polling stations which could lead to a lower turnout. Furthermore people may be less likely to answer thier doors in the dark evenings therefor canvassers may have a harder time attracting support for candidates.
Come polling day, a bad frost may prevent the less able to go to vote, or severe snow may make accessing polling stations impossible, especailly in the more remote areas of the United Kingdom.
Secondly, it is very close to christmas. People are already stressed with buying presents, visiting family and other festive activities such as school plays, pantomimes and work christmas parties. Again, busy personal lives leaves less time for canvasing and voting.
Bringing these two aspects together could lead to the potential for a low turnout, and a lower turnout could have an effect on the result.
If we assume that older voters are more likely to vote Conservative, then a low turnout of older voters could harm their results.