- The council’s elections team has made an error in sending polling cards to people it shouldn’t have
- Luke finds this disappointing, as it can undermine confidence in elections
- The response to this is to make voter registration simpler, not needlessly complicated
Responding to the news that the polling cards have been sent out in error, Labour’s PPC for Plymouth Sutton and Devonport said:
“The City Council must get on top of these repeated small errors as the media storm around them undermines confidence in the electoral process. The election team operates without involvement of local councillors – rightly so – but that means they have to get their own house in order.
I entirely understand why Conservatives seek to attack registering young people as they have little to offer them in terms of policy or hope.
With one in three young people still not registered to vote let’s have the same energy put into getting every young person on the electoral register.
Personally I support automatic voter registration not the deliberately complicated and bureaucratic process the Tories have introduced. You and I know they’ve made registering to vote harder and more complicated because it puts more young people and those from poorer backgrounds off from voting and that helps them win more easily. Let’s get everyone registered and let the people cast their votes freely.”