Electoral Register: Young People

House of Lords written question – answered on 16th January 2015.

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Photo of Lord Storey Lord Storey Liberal Democrat

To ask Her Majesty’s Government what measures are in place to increase the proportion of young people under 25 registered to vote in the 2015 General Election.

Photo of Lord Wallace of Saltaire Lord Wallace of Saltaire Lords Spokesperson (Cabinet Office), Lord in Waiting (HM Household) (Whip)

The Government has introduced online registration in Great Britain. Young people are one of the biggest users of on-line registration to date and over 852,595 have applied to register to vote since June.

On 9 January Government announced that almost £10 million will be given to local authorities and to national activity to boost the number of people registering to vote around the country. This is in addition to the £4.2 million announced last year.

Up to £2.5 million will be used to fund wider activity, including working with national organisations to encourage groups who are not as well represented on the electoral register in general, such as young people including students.

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