Individual Electoral Registration and Electoral Administration - Political and Constitutional Reform Committee Contents

Written evidence submitted by Open Rights Group (ORG)

1.  ORG has long called for individual voter registration and so welcomes the consultation. The existing scheme is a significant weakness in our electoral system, a view echoed by the Electoral Commission and overseas election observers monitoring UK elections.

2.  We are broadly happy with the content of the proposed changes to electoral registration. The exact detail of how data matching will be done by Electoral Returning Officers with government agencies will define the extent of possible privacy implications. However this detail is not clear at this stage. The proposals as currently set out are what we would have expected to see.

September 2011

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