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Electoral Registration – Levelling Up Committee publishes written evidence

21 March 2023

The Levelling Up, Housing and Communities (LUHC) Committee has today published written evidence submissions for its inquiry on electoral registration.

The evidence submissions from individuals and from organisations such as Solace, the Electoral Commission, Electoral Reform Society, My Vote My Voice, and the Department for Levelling Up, Housing and Communities (DLUHC).

The evidence submissions cover a range of issues relating to the current system of electoral registration and proposals such as the use of automatic voter registration.

The LUHC Committee expects to hold the next public evidence session for its inquiry in mid-April with evidence from election administrators and voter registration campaigners.

As part of this inquiry, the cross-party group of MPs are examining the challenges and debates surrounding the current system of electoral registration, what the UK could learn from countries with higher levels of electoral registration and alternative registration systems, and the case for automatic or assisted systems of voter registration

Research by the Electoral Commission from 2019 analysed electoral registers and found that 17% of eligible voters in Great Britain, as many as 9.4 million people, were either missing from the electoral register or not registered at their current address. The research also said that more than 1 in 10 of the (then current) entries on the registers were inaccurate.

On Monday 6 March, the Levelling Up, Housing and Communities (LUHC) Committee questioned academic experts and Electoral Registration Officers for the opening public evidence session for the Committee’s inquiry on electoral registration.

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