Dudley MP Ian Austin has launched a voter registration drive to prevent thousands from losing the vote across Dudley.
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 research from community campaigns group Hope Not Hate shows that 4,781 people are set to fall of the electoral register across Dudley as a result of the changes.
Nationally 1.9 million voters are set to disappear from the register, particularly in towns and cities with large numbers of students and young people.
Austin is working to contact people in low registration areas, and is encouraging local people to join his voter registration team at 10:30am on Saturday 24th October at his office at 157 – 185 Wrens Nest Road, Dudley, DY1 3RU.
Ian Austin said:
“It’s a scandal that thousands of people across Dudley could lose their vote because of 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’m doing everything I can to make sure everyone in Dudley is signed up and ready to cast their votes in important elections next year.”