Wednesday 08-06-2016 - 14:22
NUS Scotland has welcomed reports that voter registration for the EU referendum is to be kept open, and people allowed to continue registering. It follows website problems ahead of the midnight deadline, potentially denying people the chance to register.
Commenting, NUS Scotland President Vonnie Sandlan said:
“NUS Scotland is urging everyone who has not yet done so to register to vote, to ensure that students and young people, particularly, are not shut out of a decision that will directly impact their future opportunities. At the same time, the Government and Electoral Commission need to take urgent steps to ensure that no one is denied the chance to vote in the referendum.
“Figures from the UK Government’s own website show that under 35s made up the majority of those registering to vote yesterday with 302,000 registering – and 132,000 of those were under 25. This is an impressive number - but reports that others were unable to register as a result of the website crashing are hugely concerning. Everyone must take this opportunity to make their voice heard in this referendum.”
UK Government voter registration figures are here: https://www.gov.uk/performance/register-to-vote
David Cameron has said people should continue to register to vote following website problems ahead of the midnight deadline: http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-politics-eu-referendum-36476176