Today: Britain’s missing million voters must not lose their voice in this election
Ed Miliband is today warning that young people are in danger of losing their voice and must make themselves heard in this year’s General Election.
He is launching a drive to register a missing million voters who have disappeared from the Electoral Register because of botched government reforms in the last 12 months, particularly in towns and cities with high numbers of students and young people.
This government has betrayed young people. Labour is determined that we can fulfil the Promise of Britain so that the next generation does better than the last. But even before we get to this election, we now know there is a clear and present danger that young people will not even have the right to use their voice.
Having broken their promises on tuition fees to young people, having failed to build the economy that will work for them, having short-changed their future, David Cameron and Nick Clegg are sitting by and watching hundreds of thousands of young people in our country lose their sacred democratic rights.
Ed Miliband is urging universities, local councils, and young people themselves to play their part. Let’s work together to register young people to vote and make sure they don’t lose their voice.
- Almost one million people have gone missing from voting rolls in the last year, hundreds of thousands of them young people, as a consequence of the Government’s decision to override safeguards and ignore warnings from electoral watchdogs about the hasty introduction of individual registration.
- One of the key components of the Government’s reforms is that universities and colleges can no longer block register students living in Halls of Residences to vote. And areas that have seen the number of registered voters fall by five figures include such university cities and towns as Cardiff, Liverpool, Newcastle, Southampton, Leicester, Nottingham, Brighton, and Hull. In London, the figure is almost 100,000.
- Labour is challenging the government, the Electoral Commission, universities and local authorities to address this democratic scandal with urgent action by the end of this month so that people can get back on the register.
Note: the electoral register in Crawley has 'shrunk' following the changes. Do please check whether you are still on the electoral roll. You can register online here if you are not: Register Online
Go to the Town Hall or check with one of your local councillors to see if you are on the electoral roll. Further information here.