By Nick Lowles
In a few hours time, Lord Tyler will take the floor in the House of Lords to propose the annulment of the government’s plans to bring forward the full implementation of Individual Electoral Registration (IER).
At stake is the robustness and credibility of our democracy. Well over one million people could drop off the electoral register as a result of the government’s decision to bring forward changes to how we register to vote.
They will be added to the millions of others who aren’t even currently on the register or are on it incorrectly. That near-10 million people equates to 19% of all eligible adults, almost one in five of the population.
So, you can see why we say our democracy is in crisis.
The new drop-off from the electoral register is happening because the government has changed the way we register to vote.
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