Huppert pushes government to make sure students get the vote
Cambridge MP Julian Huppert has pushed the government to make sure that the modernisation of the country’s voting system does not stop students from going to the polls.
He is worried that students are in danger of falling off the voting register when they are expected to register themselves, rather than having it done for them.
Julian told Greg Clark, Minister for Cities and Constitution in the Commons today (Tuesday, November 19) that previously there had been good systems in place, particularly in the Cambridge colleges, for automatic registration of students to stop them falling off the register.
And he asked: “What steps is he taking to make sure this problem is reduced?”
Mr Clark said: “I have allocated funding for electoral registration officers in proportion to the risk of under-funding in places that have a high student population. He will know that his electoral registration officer has the funds required to target these people.”
Julian said later: “It is really important that everyone has the opportunity to vote. But students living away from home and studying will not have the chance to vote if they are not listed on the register in the town or city in which they are studying.
“I want to make sure when the present electoral system is reformed, students don’t fall off the register because they don’t know or understand how it works. We need to make sure that it is easy for students to register and have a voice in elections.”