On Thursday 5 February Stephen will be visiting schools, colleges and knocking on doors across East Ham to raise awareness of individual voter registration as part of National Voter Registration Day. 

National Voter Registration day is being organised by “Bite the Ballot” as part of a national week of action running from 2 – 8 February.  This week aims to ensure that all young people who are eligible to vote are registered to do so in time for the general election in May.  The way in which we register to vote has changed from the old system whereby the head of the household could register everyone who lived at their address.  Everyone now has the responsibility of registering themselves which can now be done online.

Speaking before the event Stephen said, “It is incredibly important that every person who is eligible to vote completes this new process of individual voter registration.  There is a real risk that this change in the way that we register to vote will lead to a significant number of people missing their chance to vote in the upcoming general election.  This is something which we cannot allow to happen.  Ed Milliband spoke last month “lost million”, that is the million voters who fallen off the electoral register as a result of this change in registration method.”

Thursday is a national day of action in response to the change that has happened to our voter registration system and will focus on those who are likely to be hit the hardest by this change, particularly 16-24 year olds.  I’m looking forward to joining with my colleagues and national partners up and down the country to get as many people registered to vote on this day as possible.

If you are not sure whether you are registered to vote under the new system, I would urge you to check by following this link: https://www.gov.uk/register-to-vote .  If you aren’t registered to vote, you can do so through that link and it only takes a couple of minutes to complete.

AuthorStephen Timms