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Elections: Armed Forces

Volume 715: debated on Thursday 10 December 2009

Questions

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To ask Her Majesty's Government what steps they are taking to ensure that those in full-time training to serve in the Armed Forces are registered to vote. [HL550]

To ask Her Majesty's Government what are the requirements on those running training facilities of the Armed Forces with regard to registering on the electoral roll those undergoing full-time training to serve in the Armed Forces and resident at such facilities. [HL551]

As part of their induction to service life, trainees are encouraged to participate in the election process by registering to vote. MoD works closely with the Electoral Commission and the Ministry of Justice to help service personnel and their families understand their options for registering to vote and how they can vote. All units must appoint a unit registration officer to co-ordinate the extensive information campaign and service electoral registration day conducted annually to coincide with the autumn household canvass. This year's campaign emphasised the importance of registration in view of next year's general election.