Falkirk voter numbers drop ahead of General Election

The number of electors able to cast their vote in Falkirk at next month's General Election has dropped
The number of electors able to cast their vote in Falkirk at next month's General Election has dropped

The number of people living in the Falkirk constituency who are registered to vote in next month’s General Election has fallen in the last year.

A total of 80,313 individuals aged 18 and over on March 2 are eligible to take part in the vote on Thursday, May 7.

That means 1755 people have dropped off the local electoral register since the same date in 2014, despite a nationwide campaign urging registration which ended this week.

But the situation was the opposite in the neighbouring Linlithgow and East Falkirk constituency, which includes Grangemouth, Polmont and much of the Braes.

The number of electors there has increased from 84,543 in 2014 to 85,349 last month.

Across the UK more than a million people have lost the right to vote in the past year.

Critics have blamed the fall on a change in the way people are allowed to register.

Voters were previously able to apply by household but, because of concerns about voter fraud, the rules were changed.

Everyone now has to register individually.

In Scotland as a whole, the number of those registered to vote in UK elections has risen just 0.2 per cent in the last 12 months.

The Falkirk constituency includes the majority of the district, including the town centre, Camelon, Larbert, Stenhousemuir, Denny, 
Bonnybridge and Banknock.

Voters will elect a new representative in the crunch Westminister vote after former Labour MP Eric Joyce stood down last month after a controversial 15-year career in parliament.

John McNally of the SNP and Labour’s Karen Whitefield are among the candidates in what is expected to be the closest national election in more than 40 years.