who do we need to reach?
the migrant & BAME communities
If you're a Commonwealth citizen, you're eligible to vote. However, many members of this community either aren't aware of this, are not familiar with our voting processes in the UK or struggle to due to language barriers. As a result, many people directly affected by political decisions that affect migrants don't currently have a say on this matter.
Link here to Promote the Migrant Vote
Young people are some of the most directly affected by political change & often targeted for aggressive policy - yet they are also some of the least engaged voters. There are myths around registering to vote if you're a student and not enough information about how being on the Electoral Roll can help in other areas, such as with your finances or getting a phone contract.
It's not just students; young people face barriers such as low income and often being dependent on shift work. They may have caring responsibilities or anti-social working hours, or are under pressure not to take time out of the working day.
low-income backgrounds and people with no permanent address
People from low-income backgrounds often turn out in low numbers, despite suffering political policies such as austerity and benefits cuts. People in unstable or contract / shift work may not be able to easily make time for voting, or have caring duties or childcare concerns.
You can still vote even if you don't have a fixed address, but this is not widely known. Click through to Crisis' "Homeless not Voiceless" information page here.
carers, young carers and people with family responsibilites
There are an estimated 7 million carers in the UK, of which 350,000 are children and young people. Nearly 60% of carers are women.
Carers not only find it difficult to find support to allow them time to vote, but are often at risk of unforseen or emergency circumstances which may prevent them getting out to vote. Carers may also act as proxy or have responsibility for supporting someone else in their vote. Parents and single parents may have problems accessing childcare, making getting out to vote difficult.
The Carers' Trust has produced this guidance for carers.
mental health patients & the disabled
Mental health patients - including those detained or 'sectioned' under the Mental Health Act - have full voting rights. Yet this group has some of the lowest voter turn out, sometimes as little as 15%. On average, mental health patients and the disabled are less likely as other people to vote, yet enormously at risk through harmful government policy
Click through to voting rights for mental health patients from Voting Counts.
People with no fixed address are still eligible to vote.
You can register yourself as having 'local connection' to a place where you spend time. Download a Declaration Form here.