Barnsley MP in warning over changes to electoral register

Michael Dugher, Labour MP for Barnsley East.
Michael Dugher, Labour MP for Barnsley East.
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A Barnsley MP is warning millions of people across the country could lose their vote following recent changes to the electoral registration process.

Michael Dugher, Barnsley East MP, spoke out following new rules which state the head of each household is no longer allowed to register everyone in that house to vote.

Individuals will now be automatically registered, but Mr Dugher is warning those whose information is not on the government’s database may disappear from the register altogether.

Residents should receive instructions in the coming weeks.

Mr Dugher said: “With dramatic decreases in the number of people voting, it is more important than ever people ensure they are registered.”

“Registering to vote and making your voice heard at the ballet box, no matter your age or background, is one of the best ways to have your say.”