Tag Archives: individual electoral registration

Opinion: Registering young voters increases party loyalty

Ballot paperThe move to Individual Electoral Registration later this year has the capacity to enable our party to re-engage with many young and new voters. Given our polling numbers, this is all the more pertinent, as registering young voters increases party loyalty.

There is considerable evidence that if people vote at the start of their careers as citizens, they are more likely to carry on voting. Rather than canvassing people sporadically, we should be targeting 16,17 and 18 year olds. Just like voters of all ages, young voters are attracted to candidates that reach out to them. Partisan loyalty develops during their first few years of being enfranchised. Reams of academic research in America show a young voters’ first presidential vote and party vote influence their party choice for decades. As Rock the Vote explain, voter registration remains the largest barrier to youth participation, but if they are registered, young people vote! Individual Electoral Registration opens the doors to the younger voters.

Posted in Op-eds | 1 Comment

Lord Rennard writes… Individual Electoral Registration: a journey from Tory instincts to Lib Dem legislation

In 2003, the Electoral Commission recommended that Great Britain should follow the example of Northern Ireland and move to a system of Individual Electoral Registration (IER), where everyone fills in their own form. Labour havered for six years, fearing that ‘their’ voters might not register individually. It took until 2009 for them to introduce framework legislation to bring in individual registration at some future point, with no guarantees as to exactly when.

When the Coalition took office, the two parties agreed to speed up Labour’s glacial process.  Ministers settled on a transitional period encompassing the next General Election. The new system …

Posted in Op-eds | Also tagged and | 6 Comments
Advert



Recent Comments

  • User AvatarPhilip Thomas 5th Mar - 7:58pm
    I think he means "some Liberal Democrats"... I dunno, maybe I'm one of them. I can think of reasons why people look on us with...
  • User AvatarMatthew Huntbach 5th Mar - 7:50pm
    Nick Collins What is even odder is that Liberal Democrats apparently cannot understand why so many former supporters can no longer look upon the party...
  • User AvatarPhilip Thomas 5th Mar - 7:50pm
    Let the Tories get a majority and you'll find out how much we differ from them quickly enough! I welcome Clegg's offer, if we're still...
  • User AvatarNick Collins 5th Mar - 7:47pm
    Sorry, Kelly-Marie, I think you are deluding yourself; I think there were rather special circumstances in that by-election which, by the way, was in a...
  • User AvatarMatthew Huntbach 5th Mar - 7:46pm
    Richard Whelan Why shouldn’t Nick Clegg defend the government’s record and the Liberal Democrat involvement in it? Oh dear, ONCE AGAIN - because it will...
  • User AvatarJohnTilley 5th Mar - 7:42pm
    Simon McGrath 5th Mar '15 - 4:44pm Simon, if you believe what you say in your comment - the logical conclusion would be for you...