Cash grants aim to make electoral register more reliable

Councils in our area have been given money to help make the electoral register more accurate
Councils in our area have been given money to help make the electoral register more accurate

More than £85,000 has been handed to councils in our area in a bid to make the electoral register more accurate and secure.

The money aims to help authorities with additional costs associated with switching to a new form of registration called Individual Electoral Registration.

Greg Clark, Minister for Cities and the Constitution, said: “We are on track to modernise electoral registration to tackle electoral fraud and increase public trust in elections - a trust which is at the heart of our democracy.

“Next year’s switch to individual electoral registration can only be achieved by central and local government across the East Midlands working together, and the funding announced today is the latest step in this process to make sure our electoral register is as complete and accurate as it can be.”

The new system of registering to vote will mean an end to the current forms, where the “head of the household” fills in the names of everyone eligible to vote. Next summer everyone will take individual responsibility for registering and online registration will be available, making Most people will not have to do anything when the new system comes in thanks to the process of “data matching”, where the current electoral register will be matched against other public databases. A dry run of the system carried out across the country over the summer suggested that an average of 78 per cent of people will be matched in this way and will be on the electoral roll automatically, without needing to register. The rest will receive a letter and a visit from local authorities during the canvass.

The grants for our councils mean Corby received £17,285, East Northamptonshire £23,270, Kettering £22,315 and Wellingborough £22,740.