A cross-party group of MPs led by Layla Moran MP have written to the Chair of the Electoral Commission and the Cabinet Secretary calling for an inquiry into the #DeniedMyVote scandal.
Referencing the work being done by campaign groups including New Europeans, the MPs write:
"Our concerns focus on two issues: the UK Government's requirement that EU citizens submit additional paperwork to register to vote in these elections (the UC1 form) and the issues faced by UK voters living abroad, centred on the late sending of ballot papers."
The MPs' initiative comes after New Europeans launched a petition calling for a public inquiry into the #DeniedMyVote scandal in which over a million EU citizens in the UK and Britons abroad were unable to vote in the European elections.
The issues mirror problems that occurred in 2014 when the government and the Electoral Commission promised reforms to the registration procedures following an investigation by New Europeans.
Referring to the vote denied scandal in 2014, the cross-party group of MPs wrote:
"Given that similar concerns were raised 5 years ago in 2014, we find it deeply concerning that the government appears to have taken no action to stop such serious disenfranchisement from occurring."
The letter calls for an inquiry which would take a comprehensive look at all the contributory issues including:
* Why the Government failed to act on the recommendations for reform made in 2014
* The impact on voter registration of calling the European elections so late
* The number of EU citizens in the UK who were denied a vote and the reasons for this
* The number of UK citizens abroad whose ballot papers did not arrive in time.
Commenting on social media following the publication of the letter, Layla Moran MP said:
"Delighted that 68 colleagues from 6 parties have signed the letter I drafted on #DeniedMyVote.
We need an urgent inquiry into why so many EU citizens and overseas voters were disenfranchised last month."
Dr Ruvi Ziegler, Chair of New Europeans in the UK welcomed the initiative and said:
"Thanks to Layla Moran for supporting New Europeans call for a public inquiry.
More thant 130,000 signed the petition so let's make sure people are not ignored!"