South Yorkshire MP in voter registration plea

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  • MP urges residents to make sure they are registered to vote in this year’s general election
  • Deadline to vote is April 20
  • Around 30 per cent of 18 to 24-year-olds are not registered to vote, compared with five percent of over 65s

A South Yorkshire MP is urging residents to make sure they are registered to vote before next month’s deadline.

Dearne MP, Michael Dugher, has stressed the importance of registering to vote, as the deadline for doing so is just over a month away.

The deadline for registering to vote in this year’s general election is Monday, April 20.

Mr Dugher claims that hundreds of thousands of people have gone missing from the Electoral Register due to the Government’s decision to push through reforms to individual electoral registration.

According to the Electoral Commission, about 30 per cent of 18 to 24-year-olds are currently not registered to vote compared with fewer than five per cent of over 65s not being registered to vote.

Only 56 per cent of those living in private rented accommodation are registered to vote, this is compared to 90 per cent of homeowners.

Mr Dugher said: “It is absolutely vital that people register to vote so that they can make their voice heard on polling day, and the deadline for registering is fast approaching.

“Labour is determined to engage voters and give young people a voice in our politics, which is why we are committed to giving 16 and 17 year olds the vote.

“That’s the biggest extension of the right to vote in almost a century – to over 1.5 million people.”

Registering to vote is simple and only takes around five minutes.

It is absolutely vital that people register to vote so that they can make their voice heard on polling day, and the deadline for registering is fast approaching.

Michael Dugher MP

It can be done online here, or by post using the instructions provided on the link