70,384 residents in Carshalton and Wallington are registered to vote in the next General Election according to recent figures from the Office of National Statistics.
However, the introduction of Individual Electoral Registration, which requires people to register individually, has left 29,000 people in the London Borough of Sutton still needing to update their information, to be eligible to vote in next year’s election. Letters were sent out to all residents last week as a reminder. An automatic data matching process was used to transfer, successfully, the other 80% of eligible voters’ records into the IER system.
Although residents can apply by post to be registered, a new online tool, www.gov.uk/register-to-vote allows people to register in just 7 minutes, by simply providing a name, address, date of birth and National Insurance number.
Over 1 million people have already applied to register to vote since the new online system launched, with overwhelmingly positive feedback. Users are impressed by the simple, clearer, and faster online process. Its compatibility with all platforms, including smartphones and tablets, has been received extremely well, especially with the younger generation. Statistics have shown that around a third of people have accessed the service through a smartphone or tablet.
MP for Carshalton and Wallington, Tom Brake said, “The new IER system will effectively increase accuracy of our election results and reduce voting fraud. This is an important reform for UK politics in the 21st century and a much needed change from the previous outdated system.
In a time where everything is done electronically, the online registration system was a necessary step to bring politics into the modern age. People who aren’t registered should use it now to have their say in May’s General Election.”