Tuesday, 15 November 2011

Government backs Cornwall over no second home voting

The Government today gave its backing to the changes introduced by Cornwall Council to restrict the right of second home owners to vote.

This year, those people who have a second home in Cornwall which is used purely for recreational purposes will no longer be able to register to vote. People who live permanently in two homes - such as students - will continue to be able to register from both but may only vote once in any single election.

In the House of Commons this morning, North Cornwall MP Dan Rogerson was told by Cabinet Office Minister Mark Harper that:

"I know that (Cornwall's) electoral registration office has been making sure that the law is applied fairly but firmly in registering people who reside in Cornwall, thus ensuring that it is indeed more accurate as well as more complete."

I'm very glad that we have got official endorsement for this move which Dan and I (among others) have been fighting for for many years.

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