United Kingdom: Why the Electoral Commission disagrees with Harman on voter registration | politics.co.uk
Harriet Harman wrapped up today’s Labour conference with a speech attacking the coalition’s planned voter registration changes. What she didn’t mention is that the independent Electoral Commission is broadly in favour of the idea.
I’ve been going through its submission to the Commons’ political and constitutional reform committee, in which it states, in no uncertain terms:
“The Electoral Commission is clear that introducing IER is the right thing to do, because of the need:
• to improve the security of the system, making it less vulnerable to fraud
• to recognise people’s personal responsibility for this important stake in our democracy
• for a system that people recognise as up-to-date, not rooted in Victorian ideas about households and ‘heads of household'”