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Jisc Unveils Voter Registration Service for College Students
Jisc, in consultation with the Academic Registrars Council (ARC) and the Association of Heads of University Administration (AHUA), created a voter registration service for U.K. university students, which will launch on April 1, 2019. Jisc explains:
It is hoped that the new technology will help to increase democratic engagement from a voting cohort that is under-represented in elections. It will also significantly reduce the administrative burden on universities, which are required by law to enable students to sign on to the electoral register. …
With students’ consent, the service will collect information from the university (such as date of birth and full name) and the student (National Insurance Number) and automatically transfer it to the relevant, participating electoral registrars at local authorities, so reducing the administrative burden on universities of working with multiple council registrars across the UK.
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