An estimated 800,000 people have dropped off the electoral register since the government introduced changes to the system, with students in university towns at highest risk of being disenfranchised, the Guardian has learned.
Labour says it fears that the missing sections of the electorate are predominantly its supporters after the government moved from registration of electors by household to asking individuals to sign up, citing fears of fraud and error.Maybe Labour would like to wonder how, with their supposed emphasis on ‘Education, education, education!’ they ended up with students too thick to work out that they’d need to register to get a vote?
Gloria De Piero, the shadow minister for electoral registration, said the data revealed an alarming reduction in students on the register, which is likely to raise fears that election results could be swayed by missing blocks of like-minded voters.Or could be returned to normality once the idiots and people happy to vote themselves free money are removed…
With the national voter registration drive starting today, De Piero has written to John Penrose, a Cabinet Office minister, to call for all universities to offer registration for students when they enrol.Why? It’s already plastered over every council website, there’s a national campaign of advertising & mailshots. What more do they need?