VOTER REGISTRATION: MP Gwynne sponsors Bill

video snapshotAndrew Gwynne MP has sponsored a Bill in the House of Commons that would automatically enrol everybody on the electoral register.

As shocking research has this week shown, as a result of the government’s move to Individual Voter Registration, costing a total of £108m, about 800,000 people have dropped off the electoral register.

Nationally, this means that 1.8% have been deleted from the register nationally, but areas like Canterbury have seen a staggering 13% drop.

The Bill proposes a cheaper, simpler and more effective method of automatic electoral registration, which will save time and money in the long run, and will also serve as a more effective democratic tool.

Data from government institutions such as HMRC, the DWP and other public bodies would be compiled to produce a single civic registry which will be automatically updated to reflect a voter’s change of address. Taking its lead from the highly effective Australian system, this new process would ensure a more accurate register, making registration as easy as possible for citizens.

Andrew Gwynne MP said:

“We must try and do better. The electoral register performs a hugely important civic function.

“I am proud to have sponsored this Bill.”

Siobhan McDonagh MP, who introduced the Bill, said:

“Democracy is one of the greatest tools we have to improve our communities. But for it to work properly, the state needs to play its part to ensure everyone who is eligible to vote is registered.”

You can contact the Tameside Electoral Registration Office on 0161 342 3036, and the Stockport Electoral Registration Office at 0161 217 6026 or elections.office@stockport.gov.uk

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