The Government should consult urgently on changes to the way the electoral roll is compiled, to counter a slump in registrations and growing fears of fraud, MPs said today.
As postal voting becomes more common, there is a "strong case" to tighten protection against fraud by requiring voters to register themselves individually, rather than collectively as a household, they said.
But they acknowledged that experience in Northern Ireland, where 144,000 voters disappeared from the roll after individual registration was introduced in 2002, made it essential to make any changes in the rest of the UK with caution.
Today's report also voiced support for the creation of a national electoral roll, based on locally-maintained registers, and expressed " particular concern" over delays in the development on the Co-Ordinated Online Register of Electors (CORE), which has already slipped back by a year since its launch in 2004.
The Office of Deputy Prime Minister John Prescott last year indicated he was ready to look at the introduction of individual registration, which is strongly supported by the Electoral Commission.