Martyn Sargeant, Head of Democratic Services
gave a verbal update on electoral registration in Wolverhampton to
be able to take part in the EU Referendum on 23 June 2016. In light
of a crash of the Government on line registration system, it was
anticipated that the Government would announce that the deadline
for voter registration would be extended to midnight 9 June. The
deadline for registering for a postal vote would not be
Cllr Andrew Johnson
presented the executive response to the findings and
recommendations from a scrutiny review into Electoral Registration
and Participation. He reported that the scrutiny review report and
recommendations were a good start to what is a difficult area to
tackle. The vast majority of the recommendations were sensible
measures and some were already being implemented. He suggested that in the coming months the Council
would need to consider ways to extend its work with partners such
as Wolverhampton University, the Colleges and the NHS to encourage
voter registration and participation.
He also reported that it was not clear how recommendation five from
the review (Undertake scoping work to determine the
feasibility of requiring organisations bidding for council
contracts to aid work to increase registration in Wolverhampton as
part of the Social Value test, in a way that is not burdensome for
organisations) could be practically applied. Therefore, he was not supportive of that
Cllr Johnson also placed on record his thanks
to Cllr Paul Singh, Chair of the scrutiny review group and the
review group members for their work and the officers and external
witnesses who gave their time to give evidence or support the
That the report of the scrutiny review of Electoral
Registration and Participation including the following
recommendations be received and noted:
Recommendation 1: All
electors be sent a personalised letter about voting upon reaching
the age of 18.
Recommendation 2: Elections / Council should review how we engage with different
groups to undertake statutory and non-statutory functions to
identify opportunities to promote registration, particularly among
those currently under-represented.
Recommendation 3: Work
with organisations to encourage clients to register to vote while
in triage and/or waiting for a meeting with an adviser.
Recommendation 4: Engage younger people with elections – different job
opportunities (e.g. at the count or in polling
Recommendation 5: Undertake scoping work to determine the feasibility of requiring
organisations bidding for council contracts to aid work to increase
registration in Wolverhampton as part of the Social Value test, in
a way that is not burdensome for organisations.
Recommendation 6: Work
with local organisations to develop an engagement programme
targeting different demographic groups and communities.
Recommendation 7: Develop a programme of engagement with schools, colleges and
Recommendation 8: Provide information about the importance of registering to vote,
and how to vote at the citizenship ceremony.
Recommendation 9: Make
it clear who is eligible to register and vote at particular
Recommendation 10: Provide information (signpost) to where residents can find out
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