IVR: Invisible Voter Registration

Filed under: Governance,Politics — lenand @ 9:38 am
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IVR, or Individual Voter Registration, will have a huge democratic impact if it is implemented in time for a General Election in 2015.

The scale of the administrative changes should not be under-estimated.  The House of Commons Political and Constitutional Reform Committee Report noted that electoral administrators had raised concerns that the lack of detail from Government means that  “as every month passes, it is going to get extremely difficult to ensure that the system is totally workable and that the necessary IT systems that will support that system are in place

As Katie Ghose, Chief Executive of the Electoral Reform Society said: “The [Missing Millions] report is welcome reading for anyone interested in our democracy. Westminster was sleepwalking towards a catastrophic drop in voter registration. We’re pleased politicians have finally woken up to the problem. These missing millions are avoidable, and the government must now take heed.

The message may have reached Westminster, but has it reached the all the implementers yet?  Local Authorities will be in the front-line via their Electoral Registration Officers.  No doubt many of the 400+ EROs will be aware of impending change, but are their Leaders of the Council?  And are their IT services planning for the necessary changes?  From additional evidence of one chance meeting in Whitehall yesterday, the answer is “No“.




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