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Speaker's Committee on the Electoral Commission written question – answered on 2nd May 2019.

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Photo of Catherine West Catherine West Labour, Hornsey and Wood Green

To ask the hon. Member for Houghton and Sunderland South, representing the Speaker's Committee on the Electoral Commission, whether the Electoral Commission reviewed the efficacy of the voter registration process for those ineligible to vote in General Elections but eligible to vote in European and local elections after the 2014 European elections.

Photo of Bridget Phillipson Bridget Phillipson Labour, Houghton and Sunderland South

Following the 2014 European Parliamentary election, the Electoral Commission identified, in its statutory election report, that the system set out in law for citizens of other EU member states to register to vote in future European elections in the UK could be simplified. It specifically highlighted that legislation could be changed so that EU citizens would not need to complete more than one electoral registration form. Commission staff subsequently met Cabinet Office officials, together with representatives from EU citizens’ organisations, to consider the practical implications of this and other options for amending the law. Following the EU Referendum, the UK Government was clear that the European Parliamentary elections in 2019 would not take place. The Commission did not, therefore, continue to develop its recommendations.

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