Electoral Register:Written question - 10863

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Asked by Louise Haigh
(Sheffield, Heeley)
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Asked on: 09 October 2015
Cabinet Office
Electoral Register
Commons
To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office, if he will publish an updated electoral register, including each (a) local authority and (b) parliamentary constituency, with the number of carry-forward electors who have not yet registered under individual electoral registration.
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Answered by: John Penrose
Answered on: 14 October 2015

Individual Electoral Registration (IER) is essential in making the system of electoral registration more secure and less vulnerable to fraud. 96% of electors in Great Britain have already transferred to the new IER registers. As the Electoral Commission has said, many of these retained entries are likely to be redundant, for example where electors have moved home. The latest figures on electors retained from registers before IER, broken down to local authority and regional level, are available online:

http://www.electoralcommission.org.uk/__data/assets/excel_doc/0007/190465/IER-May-2015-electoral-registers-data.xlsx

They show that the number of carry forwards had declined by two thirds between summer 2014 and May 2015. These figures do not take into account of the work of the annual canvass, which is currently underway, or extra Government funding available to Local Authorities to target remaining carry forward electors specifically. We expect the number of carry forward entries to decline further as a result.

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