Web site claiming to assist EU residents register to vote is shut down | Politics

An internet service set as much as assist EU residents within the UK to register to vote within the European parliamentary elections has been shut down after it emerged it was not working correctly.

Registertovote.eu, which was promoted by some MPs on social media, supplied a type to fill in on-line and mentioned it will submit the required paperwork to electoral authorities to permit folks to vote.

To be able to participate within the election within the UK on 23 Might, EU residents from international locations aside from the UK, Eire, Malta and Cyprus must fill in type UC1/EC6 and submit it to their native electoral workplace earlier than midnight on Tuesday 7 Might.

Registertovote.eu was arrange by 4 folks at ChangeLab, a co-operative that does digital work for commerce unions and marketing campaign teams, after publicity concerning the low variety of EU residents who had registered to participate within the election.

The Registertovote.eu site as it appeared on Friday

The Registertovote.eu web site because it appeared on Friday {Photograph}: Registertovote.eu

The service was promoted on Twitter by the Change UK MP Sarah Wollaston and the Liberal Democrat Tom Brake. “I urge all EU residents dwelling within the UK to ensure they’ve registered to vote. It’s possible you’ll lose all voting rights after Brexit – so use your vote whilst you have it,” Brake wrote.

Nevertheless, electoral officers mentioned they didn’t endorse the service. They mentioned the problem was not about supplying the data digitally, however that the service was not supplying all the data legally required.

The Electoral Fee requested the positioning be closed down because it didn’t accurately replicate the recommendation its homeowners had been given. It was closed by 3pm on Friday.

The Electoral Fee mentioned: “We urge EU residents that need to vote within the European parliamentary elections within the UK to solely apply to register to vote via their native council or official web sites. We welcome efforts by campaigners to encourage eligible electors to register to vote. Nevertheless, our recommendation to anybody not but registered is to solely apply straight at www.gov.uk/registertovote.”

It mentioned of the closed web site: “We have now issues about their potential to make sure electoral registration officers will obtain accomplished purposes earlier than the deadline. We’re additionally involved about their use of individuals’s information and have referred these web sites to the Data Commissioner’s Workplace.”

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