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Property Owners (Enfranchisement)

Volume 955: debated on Thursday 3 August 1978

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asked the Secretary of State for the Home Department what advice he can offer to occupiers of property who, through planning restrictions, nave to vacate for four weeks in every year and are thereby disenfranchised; and if he will consider seeking to amend existing legislation in order to allow them to vote in local and general elections.

It is for each electoral registration officer to decide, in the first instance, whether a person meets the residence qualification for registration as an elector. Electors should check the draft register or electors lists published by the electoral registration officer between 28th November and 16th December each year. An elector whose name has been omitted from the draft register or electors lists can make a claim to be included. Under section 45 of the Representation of the People Act 1949, an appeal to the courts may be made against the registration officer's decision.