The way you register to vote has changed and many people risk being disenfranchised. Chelmsford Labour and Anglia Ruskin University joined forces to connect with students.
Labour’s youth engagement officer Jack Swan in collaboration with Chelmsford Anglia Ruskin University, Democracy and Representation Manager of Anglia Ruskin Students’ Union, supported a Voter Registration event in the atrium of Lord Aschcroft building recently.
Jack was joined by Jennifer Sterne and Stuart Hatwell. Other parties were invited, two others did attend, there was no representation from the right wing parties or our current councillors or parliamentary representatives.
The engagement level was high, online registrations and forms to take home and complete were made available on the day.
There were discussions on the timing of the change to Individual Electoral Registration (IER), the ease of use of the options to register to vote like the website www.aboutmyvote.co.uk or the promotion of the government portal https://www.gov.uk/register-to-vote.
Chris Vince, Chelmsford Labour’s parliamentary candidate for 7th May election said, " it's really important that all who want to vote are empowered to do so. Changing the method of registration is a calculated action to disenfranchise the many. Everyone should act now before Monday April 20th deadline, register to vote to keep democracy alive."