As new figures confirm that thousands of eligible voters are ‘missing’ from the electoral register across Wandsworth, Sadiq Khan MP has been working with St George’s University to make sure their students are registered to vote.
There are 7.5 million people missing from the electoral register across the country. And since the government changed the way you register to vote, an additional one million people have fallen off the register in the last year alone, including almost 10,000 Wandsworth residents. If you’re not on the register, you can’t vote in elections, you also risk missing out on getting a mortgage or borrowing money. Jurors are also selected from the electoral register.
National Voter Registration Day (NVRD), a registration drive run by Bite the Ballot, took place on Thursday 5th February, and saw organisations across the country taking action to get people registered.
As the Tooting MP, and as Shadow Justice Secretary with responsibility for constitutional reform, Sadiq joined St George’s University for their registration drive – to make sure local students are signed up.
Sadiq Khan MP said:
“If you don’t have a vote, you don’t have a voice, it’s that simple. You miss out on getting a say on how our country is run, and you can also miss out on getting a mortgage or a loan too.
“Locally 10,000 are missing from the register which is a scandal. Making sure people are on the register is not about who they vote for, it’s about making sure people have a voice, and I want to make sure everyone in my constituency who is eligible to vote, gets the chance to.
“Registering to vote is quick and simply – you can do it online – all you need to do is visit www.gov.uk/register-to-vote What are you waiting for?”