MP for Ogmore, Huw Irranca-Davies, has spoken out about the importance of making sure that young people and students are registered to vote in the upcoming general election.
Many voting-age students in Ogmore have not yet registered to vote. Currently, these students will be unable to take part in next year’s general election.
The Government’s introduction of Individual Electoral Registration for 2015 means that people may no longer register to vote as a household. This policy will have a dramatic effect on students and young people who will now have to register individually. Communication of these changes across the country has been poor and there is a genuine fear that many students may be disenfranchised, unable to fulfil their role as citizens at the general election in May 2015.
Huw is also writing to the head-teachers and governors of all the sixth forms in his constituency to encourage them to do as much as possible to ensure that their students can vote.
Mr Irranca-Davies said: ‘It is imperative that young people are not disenfranchised from the electoral system by the Government’s new policy of Individual Electoral Registration.’
‘I would urge all institutions working with young people to encourage them to register to vote. A good way of doing this would be to follow the example of those higher and further education institutions have integrated electoral registration into their enrolment and induction processes.’
The easiest way to do this is to register online. The process takes approximately 5 minutes, at this link: https://www.gov.uk/register-to-vote