Better detection and management of duplicate registration applications

Summary

We identified two main ways in which duplicates could be identified and managed through the development of a “look up” tool.

  1. “Voter-focused” approaches would take the form of an online “look up” facility for electors to check whether they were already registered. They could be local authority devised solutions, or more centralised (national or UK-wide) lookup tools.
  2. “ERO-focused” approaches would involve either developing systems to allow EROs to identify and manage duplicates within their respective local EMS systems, or through a more centralised process enabling the identification and management of duplicates across multiple registers.

Summary

The key to all solutions is the creation of a unique identifier for each elector. This would enable the identification of duplicates either within local registers, or across registers, depending on the particular solution implemented.

Unique identifier as prerequisite for managing duplicate records

The key to identifying duplicate records in one register, as well as across multiple registers, is a unique identifier. Although it would seem to be a simple solution, implementing a unique identifier per elector across the 372 registers would require several issues to be addressed first.

Solutions

We identified two main ways in which duplicate registration applications might be better identified and managed within the electoral registration system:

“Voter-focused” approaches

These would take the form of an online “look up” facility for electors to check whether they were already registered.

“ERO-focused” approaches

These would involve either developing systems to allow EROs to identify and manage duplicates within their respective EMS systems, without altering the current system of decentralised, local authority-based registers (in Great Britain), or moving towards more centralised registers allowing EROs to identify and manage duplicates across multiple registers.

Voter-focused solutions

ERO-focused solutions

Last updated: 26 July 2019
Next review: 25 July 2020