To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office, what assessment his Department has made of the potential merits of tracking military personnel who are serving overseas on the electoral register.
This answer is the replacement for a previous holding answer.
30 November 2017
The most recent annual Armed Forces Continuous Attitude Survey (AFCAS) includes information on self-reported levels of electoral registration. The latest data are that 96 per cent of Officers are registered to vote and 81 per cent of other ranks are registered to vote.
The Government is committed to ensuring that Armed Forces personnel have an equal chance to participate in elections while serving overseas. The Government will publish a democratic engagement strategy in December setting out our plans to continue to improve registration levels, including for Armed Forces personnel.