“Don’t lose your voice!” Residents urged to make sure they don’t lose their right to vote ahead of upcoming changes

St Helens South and Whiston MP Marie Rimmer and North West MEP Theresa Griffin are urging local residents to make sure they don’t lose their right to vote in upcoming elections.


Research by organisations such as Hope Not Hate has found that up to 1.9 million people could drop off the electoral register overnight.


Marie Rimmer MP has signed a cross party motion in Parliament alongside over 120 other MPs from six different political parties calling for this legislation to be annulled.


Responding to the Government’s changes, Marie said: “This Tory Government have rushed through changes to the electoral registration system, and now well over one million people are set to lose their votes.


“There are local elections in St Helens and Knowsley in May, as well as elections for the Merseyside Police and Crime Commissioner. But if people aren’t on the electoral register, they will not be able to vote and have their say.


“People who aren’t registered could even face an £80 fine and find it harder to get a credit card, mortgage or mobile phone contract.”


Theresa Griffin MEP added: “In the coming months, we have one of the biggest choices for a generation about whether Britain stays in the EU.“It’s quick and easy - you can register in just three minutes by going to gov.uk/register-to-vote. The changes affect a significant number of people who had registered to vote previously so it’s best to check to make sure you’re registered.”


The final registration date for registering for the December electoral register is the 20th November.

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