Ian Austin MP

Labour MP for Dudley North

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9,000 Black Country voters fall off register

Dudley MP Ian Austin has blasted government reforms resulting in more than 9,000 people falling off the electoral register across the Black Country.

The government is overseeing the introduction of Individual Electoral Registration where each potential voter has to fill out a form instead of one person completing a form for everyone in their household.

New figures show that 9,045 voters have fallen off the Electoral Register in the last year. Nationally almost one million voters have disappeared from the register, particularly in towns and cities with large numbers of students and young people.

Ian Austin is calling for a drive to get more people signed up to the register ahead of National Voter Registration Day on 5 February.

Ian Austin said:

“It’s a scandal that thousands of people across the Black Country have lost their chance to vote since the introduction of this system.

“The Government must do much more to tackle the problems caused by these rushed reforms instead of sitting idle.

“I’ll be doing everything I can to make sure everyone in Dudley is signed up and ready to cast their vote in May.”

Local Authority 2015 2014 Change
Wolverhampton City Council 178,591 179,130 -539
South Staffs 83,731 87,219 -3488
Sandwell 227,702 229,891 -2189
Cannock Chase District Council 74,311 75,992 -1681
Walsall Metropolitan Borough 196,166 196,763 -597
Dudley Metropolitan Borough 239,086 239,637 -551
TOTAL 999,587 1,008,632 -9,045

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