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Online Voter Sign-Up Appeals To Young People
Enabling voters to register online is proving popular among younger people, latest data shows.
But the figures come amid disquiet at Westminster over a sharp increase in the estimated number of people not properly registered, and so will not get a vote.
Around 7.5 million are currently estimated to not be correctly registered at their current address, up from six million.
As part of a wider electoral shake-up, since June people have been able to sign-up digitally to ensure they get a ballot.
And of the 1.4 million applications so far made, 40% have been from the under-35s, MPs have been told by the elections regulator.
Giving evidence to a Commons committee, the head of the Electoral Commission, Jenny Watson, said: "If that continues, then we can hopefully see that that method of getting people to register to vote is one which suits younger people better."
Graham Allen, chairman of the political and constitutional reform committee which is holding an inquiry into voter engagement, said: "Somehow we have got to crack this problem of young people feeling alienated from the system.
"The more people that are engaged in the process, the healthier our democracy."
Another idea that it is hoped would utilise the internet to increase participation is online voting.
A poll carried out by the Electoral Commission in the wake of the May elections found a high level of support for the move.
About 63% of people said they would support the introduction of online voting.
E-voting is just one of the issues young people have been talking about on Sky News' Stand Up Be Counted site - a place for 16-25 year olds to record video clips and upload blog posts about the subjects that matter most to them.
It comes after a poll suggested internet voting could have a major impact on election turnout, with eight in 10 young people saying they would be more likely to vote.
In his post, Areeq Chowdhury, of WebRoots Democracy, said: "Voting online would have universal benefits to those of all ages and abilities.
"The popularity of clicktivism, e-petitions and political sites such as this are evidence that people are willing to politically engage online. The present and the future is digital."
Stand Up Be Counted is asking young people for their views on internet voting ahead of a Google Hangout, where a handful of Stand Ups will have an opportunity to get their questions answered.
Visit the website to see what people have been saying so far and to add to the discussion.