1.7m applications to register to vote have been made since the election was called but there are still millions missing.
The Orkney News previously published an article pointing out the gaps in voter registration. Electoral Register in Scotland Down Despite Increases in Population & Franchise
There are major demographic inequalities in terms of who is on the electoral roll. Electoral Commission figures show that private renters remain the least likely to have up to date register entries at 58% compared to people who own their houses outright at 91%.
Registration levels are also low among young people aged 18-34, with only 71% correctly registered, compared to 94% for people aged 65 and over.
The deadline to register to vote is November 26th. Click on this link to register: Register to Vote
Willie Sullivan, Senior Director of the Electoral Reform Society, said:
“Unfortunately the surge in applications to register so far only scratches the surface when it comes to the up-to 9.4m thought to be missing from the electoral roll. Without a huge push this week, next month’s vote will be the ‘missing millions’ election – with young people, BME voters and many low-income voices left out of the debate.
“ Despite an out-of-date voting system, this election will be pivotal to Britain’s future direction. Sign up, get involved and be heard.”
If you are registered but wish to apply for a postal vote you can download an application here: Postal vote application form
Deadline Tuesday 26th of November
General Election Thursday 12th of December