MP for Ogmore Chris Elmore has called on the UK Government to automatically add individuals to the electoral register when their National Insurance number is issued.
Since 2014 electors have had to register individually, not by household as was practiced prior to this.
Mr Elmore commented: “With voter turnout very low at some elections, we must do all we can to ensure people are registered to vote so that they can have their say. For me, it makes perfect sense to automatically register everybody to vote when they are first issued with a National Insurance number. This would make the system more secure, help to engage more of the public with politics and prevent voter fraud.”
Last year, the UK Government signalled its support for presenting ID to be mandatory at polling stations to prevent voter fraud. It is thought that such a change could disenfranchise electors from poorer backgrounds as they may not own a passport or driving license.
Mr Elmore continued: “In recent years we’ve seen the continued attempts to gerrymander the political system to keep the Tories in power unfairly. They’ve attempted to subvert democracy through the back door via the constituency boundary review, individual voter registration and now the suggestion of ID cards. It’s clear that these changes would directly benefit the Conservative Party and nobody else. Perhaps the government should focus more on how to improve people’s lives and instead automatically register everybody to vote.”
During Cabinet Office questions, Mr Elmore also asked the government to support and make a statement on Cardiff Central MP Jo Stevens’ Private Members’ Bill relating to this issue.