As preparations for May`s elections are underway, Labour damned ministers` “inaction” over exhorting the youth to sign up for postal votes.
The party`s analysis has revealed that less than 10 per cent of the young people aged between 18 and 25 are registered for the postal vote whilst over a quarter of those above 65 had registered in most regions.
Since the majority of young people may not have received the coronavirus vaccine by 7 May, ministers will have to make all efforts to exhort more people to vote from home, Labour says.
The shadow minister of young people, Cat Smith emphasised the importance of making postal vote sign-up ahead of the deadline on 20 April in England.
“The Tories must take responsibility for the staggering low levels of postal vote sign-ups among young people,” she said. “The Conservatives’ indifference to making the May elections Covid-safe threatens our democracy”.
Labour warned that “failure to take action to encourage voters to sign up to vote early and safely from home will disenfranchise millions of young people”.
Ms Smith also highlighted that young people have played a “central role” during the Covid-19 pandemic with many voluntarily working as front liners to protect “our workers”.
It is very crucial for the youth to have their voices heard at this election, she said.
However, the government expressed disapproval of all-postal voting, saying: “This increases the risk of fraud, and removes choice from voters”.
A Cabinet Office spokesperson said all measures to enhance the safety of voters at polling stations would be put in place and an extra £32 million in funding had already been provided for making them COVID-secure.
The government is determined to ensure that “democracy is not cancelled because of Covid-19,” the spokesperson said.