Cornwall

Voting changes for second home owners in Cornwall

Council leaders have vowed to clamp down on second home owners in Cornwall who might try to vote in the county.

It follows concerns from a local MP that people with permanent homes elsewhere could swing elections.

Around one in 20 households across Cornwall is a second home and owners receive a council tax discount.

Councillors have voted to allow officers to more closely question electoral register applications from properties listed as second homes.

Cornwall council officials will now be able to ask how long the potential voter spends in the county to decide whether they should be allowed on to the register.

North Cornwall MP Dan Rogerson said he had been campaigning on the issue for a number of years and that "this robust solution should ensure a clean register for all future elections".

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