Electoral Register

Cabinet Office written question – answered on 21st October 2015.

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Photo of Margaret Greenwood Margaret Greenwood Labour, Wirral West

To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office, what progress he has made on increasing the level of electoral registration.

Photo of John Penrose John Penrose Government Whip, The Parliamentary Secretary, Cabinet Office

Since June 2014, over 11 million people have applied to register to vote, three quarters using the new, ultra-convenient online system which takes less time than boiling an egg. At the General Election there were 400,000 more entries on the register than before, and thanks to Individual Electoral Registration (IER), 96 out of every 100 entries have been confirmed as genuine.

We’re now focusing on the remaining 4 out of 100. By December, Electoral Registration Officers will have attempted to contact each of them nine times over 18 months. Any genuine voters will be confirmed on the register, and the remaining inaccurate entries, of people who have moved away, dies or were registered fraudulently, will be removed.

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