Today is National Voter Registration today and it has never been needed more in this country than now.
When the history of this Government is written one of the enduring scandals will be just how many people have lost the right to vote because of changes pushed through by Tory ministers in the final months of this Government.
We know that changes affecting voter registration mean students, those in private rented accommodation and ethnic minorities are most likely to lose their vote. What's also deeply concerning is that the number of 17 year olds turning 18 on the electoral register is also falling. Indeed, in Plymouth the figures look absolutely horrendous with a drop of 97% between March and May according to new figures published by the Labour Party. This means there will be far, far fewer first time voters at this election with young people in Plymouth denied the right to vote because they're not on the electoral register.
So, today, let's pledge to do something about it: register to vote and get your friends to register to vote too. It only takes a moment and it means you'll be able to send a message to David Cameron and Nick Clegg. Hit them where it hurts, in the ballot box.
Steep drop in young people registering to vote
Last month Labour disclosed that one million people – often students, people living in rented homes and ethnic minorities – have disappeared from the Electoral Register because of government reforms in the last 12 months.
Today, Labour is publishing new figures suggesting that the decline in the number of people turning 18 who are on the electoral roll for the first time has been even steeper.
The right to vote is in retreat from Bristol to Birmingham, from Norwich to Newcastle. In Plymouth, the number of 17-year-olds on the register turning 18 from March to May has fallen by an extraordinary 97 per cent.
- Ed Miliband
Register to vote
If you're not on the electoral register then please take a moment and register to vote. if one of your friends or family isn't able to vote because they haven't registered send them this link - let's try and reverse the steep decline in registrations and ensure everyone in Plymouth is able to cast their vote on 7 May. This election is the most important for generations - don't lose your right to vote.