Concerns over ‘multiple voting’
The elections watchdog has raised concerns about “troubling” claims that some electors cast more than one vote at the general election as it released figures showing the electorate has reached record levels.
Nearly two million young people applied to vote after Theresa May announced the snap election, according to the Electoral Commission.
Around 500,000 more people were registered for the June 8 poll than at the 2015 general election, taking the electorate to 46.8 million, the largest so far, it said.
But the watchdog called for urgent action to tackle the number of duplicate applications by people unaware they are already registered.
The Electoral Commission also called for the Government to consider ways of cutting the risk of abuse of voting rules.
Although some people, such as students, are allowed to be registered in two areas, it is illegal to vote more than once in a general election.
The watchdog said it had not found evidence of widespread abuse but had received more than 1,000 emails from members of the public, along with 38 letters from MPs, raising the issue and it is working with police on how to investigate allegations.
Its report states: “Although people may lawfully be registered to vote in more than one place in certain circumstances, it is troubling that some voters appear to have admitted voting more than once at the election.”