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Electoral Registration Act Committee launches call for evidence

The House of Lords Electoral Registration and Administration Act 2013 Committee, chaired by Lord Shutt of Greetland, today invites written contributions on how the Act is working and on what reforms are needed to improve the electoral process.

The questions the Committee is seeking answers to include:

  • Overall, has the introduction of individual electoral registration been positive?
  • What other steps are necessary to improve electoral registration, and to increase the accuracy and completeness of registers?
  • Has the Act been effective in tackling electoral fraud, which was its stated aim?
  • Is the annual canvass fit for purpose?
  • Are elections in the United Kingdom currently well managed and regulated overall?
  • What has been the effect of the other changes to electoral administration made in the Act?
  • What has been the impact of introducing online registration?
  • What is your view of the Government's proposal for voters to require identification when they vote?

Lord Shutt of Greetland, Chairman of the House of Lords Electoral Registration and Administration Act 2013 Committee, said:

“The Act made important changes such as introducing individual registration and gave powers to Government to reform or abolish the annual canvass of electors.

“As a Committee we intend to explore, in detail, how this Act is working in practice and make recommendations to Government on how it could be improved.

“To inform our work we want to hear from as broad a range of people as possible. If you have a view on how the Act is working or could be improved, look at our call for evidence and let us know what you think.”

The deadline for the submission of written evidence is 4pm on Monday 9 September 2019.

Read the full call for evidence and find out how to submit evidence.

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