Individual Electoral Registration

Part of Oral Answers to Questions — Prime Minister – in the House of Commons at 12:30 pm on 15th September 2010.

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Photo of Mark Harper Mark Harper The Parliamentary Secretary, Cabinet Office 12:30 pm, 15th September 2010

I made it clear that I, too, think that registration is a civic duty. However, making it a legal requirement presents the challenge of deciding what sanctions should apply to those who do not register. I do not think that, in a free society, it would be right to imprison someone who chose not to register to vote, or to hit them with a huge fine. In a free society, people should be free not to register to vote without incurring a criminal penalty.