Government changes to the voter registration process have resulted in 39,787 people disappearing from Manchester’s electoral roll in the last 12 months.
In Hulme, comparing figures from March 2014 and March 2015, the number of voters in Hulme has dropped by 3442, a decrease of 26%.
The change to the registration system has disproportionately affected young people, students, private renters and people from minority ethnic backgrounds.
A closer look at the figures revealed that although the average fall in voter numbers is 13% in 4 of the 5 districts of Hulme, in the 5th area which has a high student population, that fall is 73%.
Deyika Nzeribe, the Green Party Local Election candidate for Hulme said “With the deadline for registration being this Monday April 20th, its essential people pay attention and take action or they will miss their chance to vote for a change in government, local and national.
If you don’t like politicians but want to vote, go to the independent ‘Vote for Policies’ website, make your own mind up.”
There are 10% less people on Manchester’s electoral register than this time last year, which could radically alter the outcome of the election. In the Manchester local elections in 2014, The Green Party came 2nd with 12.7% of the vote, whilst the Lib Dems came 3rd with 11.7%.
The council wards that have seen the greatest drop in registered voters are areas with high populations of students, private renters and minority ethnic voters.
The City Centre has lost 37% of its registered voters. Ardwick has lost 33%, Withington 28%, Hulme 26%, Rusholme 23% and Fallowfield 21%.
Meanwhile, more affluent areas with a higher percentage of homeowners have remained largely unchanged. Chorlton has only lost 3% of voters, whilst Didsbury East lost 2%.
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