800,000 voters will not be on the electoral roll on May 7. Here’s why

Controversial electoral registration changes will hit youngest voters hardest

More than 800,000 eligible voters will not be on the electoral roll for next month’s general election.

This is due to changes in registration methods. Household registration has been replaced by individual registration only.

According to the Office for National Statistics (ONS), the new registration methods, which came into effect in June 2014, will disproportionately affect young people living in communal living arrangements or in university halls of residence.

No individual person is being removed from the electoral role however, but the figures (which have been updated so as not to include anyone who has registered since December 1 2014) indicate that the fall will be due to affected people not registering in the first place.

Speaking about the changes, the Electoral Commission said the move to individual electoral registration (IER) “has replaced the previous, out-of-date Victorian system, where one person in each household registered everyone to vote, with a requirement to register individually. In addition, as part of the move to IER, for the first time ever, people are also now able to register online.”

According to the FT, more Labour-held marginal seats had seen declines in registered voter numbers than Conservative-held constituencies.

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Readers' comments (1)

  • Anonymous

    Registration online takes 5 minutes.

    Anyone who can't be arsed to do that, or who needs mummy & daddy to register for them doesn't deserve a vote.

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