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Failing to register to vote ‘hands the election to the rich and the old’

Posted on: February 23, 2015

UNEMPLOYED IN TYNE & WEAR

Who decides the result of the next General Election?

Unless something changes, it’s largely going to be older and better-off people.

Because those are the people who are most likely to vote.

And it’s a problem that MPs themselves have warned could lead to a crisis in our system of government.

But the problem doesn’t begin on election day, which will be May 7 this year.

It starts earlier than that, when people register to vote – or fail to do so.

An estimated 7.5 million people who are entitled to vote at an election in this country are not correctly registered.

This means they are registered wrongly, for example because they have moved house and haven’t updated their details, or simply haven’t registered at all.

Politicians have to listen to people who vote. But one way or another, they are also aware of who votes and who stays at…

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