Cat Smith responds to the latest estimate by the Electoral Commission that up to 9.4 million were not correctly registered to vote
Cat Smith MP, Labour’s Shadow Minister for Voter Engagement and Youth Affairs, responding to the latest estimate by the Electoral Commission that up to 9.4 million were not correctly registered to vote, said:
“A million more people than previous estimates are not registered to vote correctly – that is absolutely shocking.
“The Tories know that when lots of people are registered to vote, they are less likely to do well in elections, which is why the government has done nothing to address this unprecedented democratic crisis. The Prime Minister even tried to fix the date of when a general election might happen to make it harder for students to take part.
“Ahead of the most important General Election for a generation, it’s vital that every eligible voter can have their say, which is why Labour’s social media teams and our army of activists on the doorsteps will be working hard to increase voter registration.”
Notes to Editors:
- The Electoral Commission has estimated that between 8.3 and 9.4 million people in Great Britain who are eligible to be on the local government registers are not correctly registered; and there are between 4.7 and 5.6 million inaccurate entries on the local government registers. This is the Electoral Commission’s first study since the 2015 assessment of the registers, following the transition to Individual Electoral Registration (IER).
- Previous data obtained by Cat Smith on 02 September in a written parliamentary question found that between 7.8 and 8.5 million were not correctly registered to vote. This figure was based on a previous study published in 2016.
- In April Labour announced that they were considering adopting automatic voter registration as new policy after examining different options across the world where automatic voter registration has successfully increased overall registration levels. https://www.theguardian.com/politics/2019/apr/11/labour-looks-at-automatic-registration-to-raise-voter-turnout
- Jeremy Corbyn published a video on social media encouraging people to register to vote in readiness for a General Election https://twitter.com/jeremycorbyn/status/1170592355822387201