You might not have known it, but homeless people can register to vote. The SKWAWKBOX didn’t until contacted by the @Homeless_vote Twitter account with a request to publicise their drive to get as many homeless people to register as possible.
It’s vital, as disenfranchisement is far more widespread among homeless people. And if you are a Labour supporter, you have even more reason to support the push, as it’s unlikely many homeless people – who have increased vastly in number under the Tories (over 120,000 children were homeless last Christmas) – will vote for the Conservatives.
As the government’s site on voter registration makes clear, homelessness is no bar to the right to vote:
Who is eligible to register to vote? You can register to vote in the UK if you are:
• resident (usually live in the UK), and
• aged 16 or over (although you won’t be able to vote until you are 18).
You must also be either:
• a British, Irish or European Union citizen, or
• a Commonwealth citizen who has leave to remain in the UK or who does not require leave to remain in the UK.
If you are – or know – a homeless person (remember, homelessness is far more varied than rough-sleeping), you can find the form for voter registration here. The deadline to register is 22 May, so don’t delay.
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