No one should lose their right to vote because a website crashed
The Scottish Green Party today (8 June) called for the deadline for voter registration in the EU Referendum to be extended, amidst chaos in the final hours of registration on Tuesday night.
Over half a million people registered to vote on the final day of registration and thousands more attempted to register online, following the televised debate between Prime Minister David Cameron and Nigel Farage. However the official government website for registration crashed repeatedly, leaving many unable to register.
Scottish Green Party co-convener Maggie Chapman said:
“No one should lose their right to vote simply because a website crashed. With half a million people registering on the final day, it’s clear that there is a growing appetite to be part of the debate and to help build a better Europe.
“Despite a referendum campaign that has been dominated by two sides of the same right wing, anti-immigrant, scaremongering agenda, more and more people are realising that this is a crucial vote that will affect the whole continent. I urge the UK Government to work with the Electoral Commission and others to extend the voter registration deadline and ensure that everyone has a chance to vote and to have their voice heard.”