Government grant for elections change
2:03pm Thursday 31st October 2013 in News
Wiltshire has received over £170,000 of Government funds, to pay for a change in the way voters register for elections.
The money has been granted to local authorities across the country to help with the extra costs involved in switching to Individual Electoral Registration, which is believed will make the Electoral Register more accurate and secure.
The county has received £171,977 ahead of the 2014 changeover, which will require individual voters to be registered, rather than entire households.
Swindon is in line to receive £58,624, with £237,738 allocated to Bristol, and £76,628 for Bath and North East Somerset.
The Government expects most people will be automatically transferred to the new system thanks to ‘data matching’, where the current electoral register will be matched against other public databases. The rest will receive a letter and a visit from local authorities during the canvass.
Greg Clark, Minister for Cities and the Constitution, said: “We are on track to modernise electoral registration to tackle electoral fraud and increase public trust in elections - a trust which is at the heart of our democracy.
“Next year’s switch to individual electoral registration can only be achieved by central and local government across the West of England working together, and the funding announced today is the latest step in this process to make sure our electoral register is as complete and accurate as it can be.”
For more information on the change, visit https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/individual-electoral-registration-is-coming/individual-electoral-registration-is-coming