Electoral Register: Armed Forces

Cabinet Office written question – answered on 30th November 2017.

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Photo of Alex Norris Alex Norris Labour/Co-operative, Nottingham North

To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office, what assessment his Department has made of the potential merits of tracking military personnel who are serving overseas on the electoral register.

Photo of Chris Skidmore Chris Skidmore Parliamentary Under-Secretary (Cabinet Office)

Holding answer received on 15 November 2017

The most recent annual Armed Forces Continuous Attitude Survey (AFCAS) includes information on self-reported levels of electoral registration. The latest data are that 96 per cent of Officers are registered to vote and 81 per cent of other ranks are registered to vote.

The Government is committed to ensuring that Armed Forces personnel have an equal chance to participate in elections while serving overseas. The Government will publish a democratic engagement strategy in December setting out our plans to continue to improve registration levels, including for Armed Forces personnel.

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