Our KCC Elections are only 25 days away and after doing my bit for my Conservative Candidates yesterday, I had a chat with a friend who was doing a similar job for his Labour candidates in Ramsgate. Something he said, got Bertie thinking.
There would appear to be quite a few households with occupants not on the electoral roll. Even allowing for a surprisingly large transient population in Thanet, my friend found quite a few occupants who had been living in their houses for more than 2 years and were still not on The TDC Electoral Roll and thus unable to vote. .
It is an offence to not register and TDC has a duty in law to chase up non-compliance. How well has it been doing in this matter? After all, it collects Council Tax from all house-holds and would know quite quickly whether occupants had not registered.
I hope that feet have not been dragged in chasing up non-registration? I should imagine that it's potential Labour voters on some of our 'estates' who might be slack in registering; the average Conservative supporter tends to register promptly having moved. If TDC has been slack in chasing up 'non-registration' then it needs to be careful as it could lay itself open to accusations of administrative delay to effectively 'gerrymander'.
I hope we are not in the situation of a 'reverse' Shirley Porter job in Thanet.
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