Unions have launched a workplace campaign to “sign up” the six million people in the UK who have not registered to vote in May’s General Election. Tomorrow (Thursday) is National Voter Registration Day and the TUC is encouraging workplace reps to ensur …

TUC voter registrationUnions have launched a workplace campaign to “sign up” the six million people in the UK who have not registered to vote in May’s General Election.

Tomorrow (Thursday) is National Voter Registration Day and the TUC is encouraging workplace reps to ensure their members are registered.

TUC general secretary Frances O’Grady said: “Politicians are more likely to listen to people who vote, so this is a chance to make sure your voice is heard.

“We urgently need to encourage people, especially the younger generation, to exercise their democratic rights as citizens. It’s incumbent on all of us to do everything we can to boost registration levels and turnout.”

After the 2010 election, the Electoral Commission found that six million eligible voters were not on the electoral register – the equivalent of 9,230 people in each Parliamentary constituency.

It also found that:

* four in ten missing voters wrongly thought they were already registered

* nearly half (44%) of those in private rented accommodation are not registered

* while fewer in one in ten over-65s have failed to register, that rises to nearly half (45%) of 18- to 24-year-olds.

* You can register to vote here.


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