11-16-2010, 01:13 PM
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New database powers for councils
Quote:Councils are to get powers to cross-match their databases as part of a pilot scheme intended to increase the number of people registered to vote.
Nick Clegg will say later "there is no excuse for inaction" with estimates of 3.5m not on the electoral roll.
Data-matching will allow councils to identify the people who are missing so council officers "will be able to help these people onto the register".
The pilot schemes will start next year, the deputy prime minister will add.
In pre-released extracts of a speech to the Political Studies Association and the Hansard Society, he says the plan will be rolled out across the country if they prove a success.
"It's true that around 90% of people are registered, and the registration rate does seem to have stabilised after a decline in the last decade, but it is not good enough to simply ignore the millions who aren't," he is due to say.
"Especially when you look more closely at where the problem is worst: among the young; among black and ethnic minority communities; in areas with high social deprivation.
"The coalition Government is clear: these missing millions must be given back their voice."
'Moulding out politics'
Mr Clegg will say that he plans to bring in a third political and constitutional reform bill, next year, designed "to sort out our electoral register".
There will be more frequent reviews of electoral boundaries and measures to tackle electoral fraud by speeding up the introduction of individual - as opposed to household - registration to vote.
People will have to register themselves, and provide a signature, national insurance number and date of birth.
"People must have confidence in the system and know that it is secure against fraud," he will say.
"A more complete register and more up-to-date boundaries are both central to democratic reform - we have to shape the system around our changing demographics; it's all part of moulding our politics to suit people's lives."
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