IER: How do we know where you live?

Filed under: Electoral,Local Government,Policy — lenand @ 2:01 pm
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The IER Progress Presentation July 2012 (Slide 3) Policy says:

  • For verification, people must provide their National Insurance number and date of birth

Is there anything missing?

One would have expected to see an address for an Electoral Registration Officer (ERO) accepting a registration.  It is an on-line registration process, but where is the link between a person and a valid address (as defined by a Local Authority)?

The payment of Council Tax by one person could be trusted electronically by a Council, but what about other people living at the same address?  Wouldn’t it be easy if the Council Tax payer could vouch for additional voters?  Back to Square One.

What is the process for the 30% of people, entitled to vote, who do not have access to Web sites?  A postal canvass?  Back to Square One.  If not, there will be a lot of disenfranchised digitally deprived denizens.


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