Opposition Day — Implementation of Individual Voter Registration — 16 Jan 2012 at 18:50
The majority of MPs voted to ask the Government to reconsider its plans for the implementation of Individual Voter Registration.
The motion rejected by the majority of MPs was:
- That this House
- recognises that according to the Electoral Commission there are currently up to 8.5 million electors missing from the UK electoral register and that the shift to individual registration is the biggest change to electoral matters since the introduction of the universal franchise;
- notes that there was cross-party support for the Political Parties and Elections Act 2009, which proposed a phased five-year timetable for its introduction with safeguards to protect against a drop in registration levels, but that the Government proposes speeding up the timetable, removing some of these safeguards and eroding the civic duty on registering to vote by not applying the legal obligation to respond to an electoral registration officer’s request for information as exists for the household registration;
- further notes that, according to the Electoral Commission, if these proposed changes are not implemented properly there could be a reduction in registration of up to 65 per cent. in some areas, potentially leaving over 10 million unregistered voters, and that this would have a negative impact on the list from which jurors are drawn;
- believes that the 2015 boundary review process risks being discredited as a result of the unregistered millions; and
- calls on the Government to reconsider its current proposals that will lead to large-scale under-registration.
Votes by party, red entries are votes against the majority for that party.
What is Tell? '+1 tell' means that in addition one member of that party was a teller for that division lobby.
What are Boths? An MP can vote both aye and no in the same division. The boths page explains this.
What is Turnout? This is measured against the total membership of the party at the time of the vote.
|Party||Majority (No)||Minority (Aye)||Both||Turnout|
|Con||268 (+1 tell)||0||0||87.9%|
|Lab||0||227 (+2 tell)||0||88.8%|
|LDem||51 (+1 tell)||0||0||91.2%|