The reform of voter registration is strongly supported by the Electoral Commission (since 2003), The Association of Electoral Administrators, The Office for Democratic Institutions and Human Rights, The Committee for Standards in Public Life and of course the Conservative Party. The reform is strongly opposed by, er, The Labour Party.
Hattie Harman screeches today that the changes will deprive Labour of
She needs to be worried: in one ward in Waltham Forest at the last election the turnout was 105% - to Labour's advantage, surprisingly - and the local election vote was higher than for the general election. Nothing at all suspicious there.
this is beyond pathetic. Why is it "harder" to register voluntarily than if it is compulsory?Doe sit make it more difficult for Labour councils to forge votes?
I dont know why Labour are so worried. Most of their election candidates fill in the forms for their votors anyway. As was clearly shown in several east-end London wards at the last election.
As opposed to 13 years of constituency boundary changes to maximise Labour votes.... Hmm somehow I'm not bothered.....
I wonder, do these "missing millions" have something sinister to conceal. Then again, airhead Harman's Labour had thirteen years to enforce the law regarding registration on the Electoral Register - but did diddly.
So in summary Labour are worried that millions of their "core" supporters care so little for their party and policies that they can't be bothered spending 5 minutes filling in a voter registration form.