Electoral Commission warns of people at risk of falling off electoral register

Voters are at risk of being left off the electoral register ahead of next year’s [Welsh] assembly election, the Electoral Commission has warned.

The UK government has brought forward a deadline to complete the move to a new voter registration system from December 2016 to this December…

Speaking to BBC Wales’ Sunday Politics programme, Phil Thompson, head of research at the Electoral Commission, said: “Our view was this is a risk – you’re taking people off the register in December who are still eligible to vote and if you take them off you’re putting the onus on them to re-register before that set of polls.

“We were disappointed with the decision, we’ve made a clear recommendation it should remain as 1 December 2016.”


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