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Voting Behaviour

Volume 461: debated on Monday 4 June 2007

To ask the Minister of State, Ministry of Justice what steps she is taking to encourage voter participation in (a) general and (b) council elections. (139808)

Section 69 of the Electoral Administration Act 2006 gives new powers to electoral officers, enabling them to promote participation in the electoral process, through registering and voting. The Government have provided additional funding for this purpose, which can be claimed by electoral officers.

In addition, the Government have also introduced a new duty on electoral registration officers to ensure that electors in their local area are registered, and we have extended the registration deadline to 11 days before the day of poll at both national and local elections.

The Electoral Commission also has a role in promoting participation in the electoral process.