New research from the office of Alan Whitehead MP reveals that 14,000 people have dropped off the electoral register in Southampton in the last year.
This follows the government introducing the policy of individual voter registration, where voters need to personally register to vote, rather than being automatically registered via a household survey. Unless these Sotonians now re-register, they will not be able to vote on 7th May.
Speaking about the findings, Alan said:
“We now have at least 14,000 people in the city who, as things stand, will not be able to vote in May. Many of these people may wrongly believe that they are registered. This is very bad news for democracy in our city and will mean that thousands of people will be denied a voice in the coming election.
I would urge people to double check they are registered to vote, particularly students or those residents living in flat shares or shared housing. To check if you are registered and to re-register you can visit aboutmyvote.co.uk or by contact Southampton City Council.”