1 in 4 black and Asian voters are not registered to vote, warns the Electoral Commission

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One in four black and Asian people are not registered to vote, according to the Electoral Commission, as it calls on the public to register to vote by Tuesday 26 November ahead of December’s general election. 

The Commission’s data says that 25 per cent of black voters in Great Britain are not registered. It also says that 24 per cent of Asian voters and almost a third (31 per cent) of eligible people with mixed ethnicity are not yet registered, compared to a 17 per cent average across the population.

Anyone wanting to vote in the election on Thursday 12 December 2019 must register by Thursday 26 November. Registration is quick and easy and can be done online at www.gov.uk/registertovote. Anyone who won’t be able to get to their polling station on 12 December can arrange either a postal or proxy vote.

Craig Westwood, Director of Communications, Policy and Research at the Electoral Commission, said:

“Everyone eligible to vote should be able to do so, but must be registered by Tuesday 26 November.

“It only takes five minutes to register to vote online – time that you might otherwise spend waiting for the kettle to boil or for a bus to arrive. So if you want to make sure your voice is heard, go online and register now.”

 

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