Published On: Mon, Nov 3rd, 2014 on 1:06 pm

Over 100,000 people in West Yorkshire at risk of losing vote

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Over 100,000 people in West Yorkshire are missing from the Individual Electoral Registration, statistics have revealed.

As part of a new voting system, UK residents have been required to register individually, rather than allowing one person to sign up an entire household.

Before the switch, an IT system “matched” voters from existing databases to combat electoral fraud, automatically transferring verified names.

But according to statistics published in a government report on 21 October, over 100,000 people in West Yorkshire are not matched and are currently missing from the new register.

In Calderdale, 24,510 people have been matched, but 24,510 people (17% of the adult population) are missing.

311,312 people have been matched from Bradford, but 40,938 people (12% of the adult population) remain missing.

In Leeds, 476,929 people have been matched, but 64,796 people (12% of the adult population) are missing. A further 11,181 are undecided.

278,608 people from Kirklees have been matched, but 29,910 people (10% of the adult population) are missing.

Wakefield was not included in the data list.

The Electoral Commission is confident missing voters can be found however.

Missing voters have been chased up with letters, asking them to provide additional information – their National Insurance number and date of birth – so they can be registered.

Chair of the Electoral Commission, Jenny Watson, said: “There’s still more work to do. Every electoral registration officer has detailed plans in place to reach those residents they were not able to transfer automatically.”

Minister for the Constitution, Sam Gyimah, said: “We know there are still people who are not registered so we’ll keep pushing ahead to ensure that as many people as possible have a say in how the country is run.”

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