On the day of a major speech by Ed Miliband, urging Universities, local authorities and the Electoral Commission to prevent the disenfranchisement of up to one million voters, Andrew Gwynne MP has highlighted the importance of being registered to vote.
Following a change to electoral registration procedures, it is now the responsibility of every individual in the country to register themselves to vote. It can be done using a simple form online.
Figures released by local authorities show that one million voters have fallen off the register over the past 12 months, with a disproportionate drop-off in areas with a high student population.
Andrew Gwynne MP said:
“In the last year almost one million people have fallen off the Electoral Register, hundreds of thousands of them young people.
“This is a direct consequence of the Government’s decision to ignore warnings that rushing through new individual voter registration would damage democracy.
“It is not too late to avoid widespread disenfranchisement amongst students and young people. But to ensure their voice is heard in 2015 and beyond, we must all spend time and effort ensuring as many are registered as possible.”
You can register to vote online at https://www.gov.uk/register-to-vote. All you will need is your name, address and national insurance number.
To check your current status, call your local Electoral Registration Officer. For those living in Audenshaw, Denton and Dukinfield, you will need to call Tameside’s officer on 0161 342 2146.
For those in Reddish and the Heatons, you will need to call Stockport’s on 0161 217 6026.