The government, last week, voted down an amendment to the parliamentary constituencies bill that youth organisations and campaigners have said would “help bring in the missing millions” not currently on the electoral register.
The proposed change to the bill would have automatically added 16-year-olds to the electoral register, or provided them with information on how to apply to join the register, when they receive their National Insurance number.
Currently, our constituency boundaries are NOT representative of younger people who will be eligible to vote in the near future.
Voter registration among eligible 16- and 17-year-olds was estimated to stand at 25% in 2018, representing a significant fall from 45% in 2015. In contrast, 94% of those over the age of 65 were estimated to be registered.
Electoral Commission figures also revealed last year that 25% of eligible Black voters are not registered to vote, along with 24% of Asian voters and 31% of people with mixed ethnicity. The nationwide average for those not registered to vote is 17%.
Since parliamentary boundaries are currently being reviewed based on the existing electoral register, new constituencies boundaries will not take full account of young people or minorities unless you register now.
Voter suppression may be less obvious in the UK but it isn’t something that just happens in the USA.
You don’t get to vote in this country unless you register to vote and its easy!