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Electoral Register

Cabinet Office written question – answered on 9th September 2019.

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Photo of Chris Ruane Chris Ruane Shadow Minister (Wales)

To ask the Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster and Minister for the Cabinet Office, what recent assessment he has made of the compatibility of software used by local authorities for electoral registration and that used by (a) the Electoral Commission and (b) his own Department.

Photo of Kevin Foster Kevin Foster Assistant Whip, The Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State for Wales, The Parliamentary Secretary, Cabinet Office

The Government has no plans to assess the compatibility of software used by local

authorities for electoral registration and that used by the Cabinet Office and Electoral


When Individual Electoral Registration (IER) was introduced in 2014, the Cabinet Office

worked with the Electoral Management Systems (EMS) providers to ensure they were

compatible with the Government’s IER Digital Service. Compatibility with the IER Digital

Service means that Electoral Registration Officers (EROs) can manage registration data

through their EMS by downloading applications submitted through the Register to Vote

website, uploading applications to be verified with the Department of Work and Pensions,

and notifying other EROs about electors who have moved from their area.

We continue to work with the suppliers to ensure any changes to the IER Digital Service

retain compatibility with the EMSs. In addition, the Cabinet Office is also working closely

with EMS providers to ensure that all systems used by EROs are fully prepared to manage

the changes required as part of the reforms to the annual canvass.

The Government does not hold any information on the compatibility of software used by

the Electoral Commission with that used by local authorities.

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