Angela calls for EU vote registration to be extended

Lanark and Hamilton East MP Angela Crawley has said the voter registration deadline for the EU referendum must be extended following technical problems with the website last night.

As a result of a late surge in those attempting to register to vote, users reported being unable to register as the deadline approached and the website crashed.

A number of MPs have lodged urgent questions asking the Government to consider extending the deadline and the Electoral Commission have said they would support such a change in legislation to allow the extension to go ahead.

Commenting, Angela said:

“The government must extend the deadline for voter registration for the EU referendum – nobody should be denied their opportunity to vote.

“I know a number of my constituents tried, but failed to sign-up last minute. This is their voice and their future. Their democratic right should not be removed because of a technical glitch.

“The time for establishing fault – and ensuring this never happens again- will come later.

“The urgent priority is to extend the deadline and ensure that everyone has the chance to exercise their democratic right.”