I am supporting a Ten Minute Rule Bill today which will call for everyone who accesses public services to be automatically registered thereby making it much easier to keep an accurate and complete register.
It was estimated that that the Government’s Individual Electoral Registration will lead to one million voters falling off the electoral register.
The disappearance of voters from the electoral roll have been most notable with people aged from 18 to 24. In last year’s election, only 43% of those aged 18 to 24 voted, compared with 78% of those aged 65 and over.
I believe it is an MPs job to make sure everyone can exercise their democratic right to vote. We have seen that those aged from 18 to 24 are least likely to vote and the changes to electoral registration process have only worsened this.
The steps contained within this Bill will ensure that people don’t miss out on their right to vote. Too many people have fallen off the register and we must do something now.
I hope this Bill will get widespread support in the House. Failure to improve our democratic deficit put in place by the current Government will undermine Parliaments ability to represent the voices of everyone in the UK.