Electoral Register: Young People

Deputy Prime Minister written question – answered on 27th January 2015.

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Photo of Chris Ruane Chris Ruane Labour, Vale of Clwyd

To ask the Deputy Prime Minister, whether the Electoral Commission has endorsed the inclusion of 17 year old attainers on the electoral register; and what assessment he has made of the effect of this inclusion on the number of 18 year olds registered to vote.

Photo of Sam Gyimah Sam Gyimah The Parliamentary Secretary, Cabinet Office, The Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State for Education

The Representation of the People Act 1983 provides for attainers to be included in the electoral register. The Electoral Commission has not been asked to endorse this. The government has made no assessment of the effect this inclusion has on the number of 18 year olds registered to vote.

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