Anneliese has praised initiatives, like Don’t Count Yourself Out, which encourage more young people to register to vote on National Voter Registration Day.
The way you register to vote has changed, and now work on a system of Individual Electoral Registration (IER). This means that each person in the household has to register to vote individually, rather than one person being able to register everyone at the same address.
Anneliese said: “I’m pleased to support initiatives which encourage people to register to vote, such as National Voter Registration Day and Don’t Count Yourself Out. One of the consequences of the move to Individual Electoral Registration is that lots of young people have dropped off the electoral register – a million voters fewer voters are registered this year. I find this extremely worrying, as young people, who have been hit hard by the Conservative-led coalition’s policies, may lose out on their chance to have their opinions heard. The outcome of the next General Election will have an impact on the lives of young people, so it is crucial that they are not denied the opportunity to choose who will be forming the next government.
"I’m also concerned that British Expats have found themselves removed from the Electoral Register, and will find themselves unable to vote. That’s why I’m glad that Labour support trialling election day registration for those who try to vote but realise they are not registered – nobody should be denied their democratic right to vote because they didn't know they weren't registered.”
Labour are using an Opposition Day Debate in the House of Commons to highlight the issues around Individual Electoral Registration. The last Labour government supported a gradual shift to Individual Electoral Registration in order to make it harder to carry out voter fraud, however, the Conservative-led coalition has rushed through IER, removing the safeguards that Labour had put in place. This has resulted in millions of eligible voters vanishing from the electoral register, undermining our democracy. Labour are calling for a package of emergency remedial measures to repair the damage done. These measure include allowing universities and care homes to block register residents, introducing a schools registration scheme, and press local authorities to undertake more door to door registration.