As voter registration week draws to a close, Welsh Labour’s Public Service Minister Leighton Andrews has taken action to increase voter registration in Wales.
The Minister has previously expressed disappointment over the Tory UK Government’s decision to rush into individual voter registration ahead of the Assembly election and supported the Electoral Commission’s view that it should be delayed.
The Minister has announced funding of £330,000 from the welsh Labour Government to local authorities to help increase the number of voters on the electoral role. This will allow them to send a letter to every home in Wales to check whether electoral register information is correct, after the same activity provided good results last year.
The Welsh Labour Government is also funding the National Union of Students in Wales to develop a web-based tool to provide information on registering to vote and locating local polling stations. Local Electoral Registration officers are also being urged to assist with this.