Individual Voter Registration

Voting changes may see 200,000 miss out in Merseyside

Government red list means 200,000 Merseyside voters may be disenfranchised

So says the Liverpool Daily Post and Echo.  They are upset about “changes being pushed through by the government”, and it’s something to do with the electoral roll, but they don’t think it’s important to tell you that they mean Individual Voter Registration as enabled by the Electoral Registration and Administration Act 2013.

The Electoral Reform Society, like the Post in its own way, is concerned that this may lead people to lose the vote. Of course the Tories are hoping that organised, efficient people who get registered will vote Tory and that anarchists who might get around to voting Labour will drop off the list. Or so I imagine, based on no specific evidence.

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[Updated 29 October – layout change]