West Norfolk voters urged to check electoral registration

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It may only be five months since the general election, but campaigners will be in Lynn tomorrow to urge residents to ensure they retain their right to vote.

Work to complete a new system of individual electoral registration (IER) is set to be completed in December, a year earlier than previously expected.

But critics fear that at least a million people will lose the right to vote as a result of the changes.

And representatives of the Lynn and District Trades Council will be outside Topshop from noon tomorrow in a bid to raise public awareness of the move.

Jo Rust, secretary of the North West Norfolk Constituency Labour Party, said: “There are major local elections here in Norfolk, including the Police and Crime Commissioner next year, followed by County Council and European elections.

“And soon we have a big choice to make about whether Britain stays in the EU. But if people aren’t on the electoral register, they will not be able to vote and have their say.

“They could even face an £80 fine and find it harder to get a credit card or a mobile phone contract. It is vital that everyone in North West Norfolk and beyond registers to vote. It’s quick and easy - you can register in just three minutes by going to gov.uk/register-to-vote.”

Ministers say the new system, which is also set to be part of a review of constituency boundaries for Parliamentary elections, needs to be in place ahead of next May’s polls.

But Labour claims the changes could “rig” future polls in the Tories’ favour. Analysts mostly believe Labour benefits from the current boundaries.

The registration event is being staged instead of a wheelchair rally which was intended to highlight problems facing disabled people as they access services in Lynn. The trades council says the rally had been cancelled because of circumstances beyond its control.