Social work: enabling voter registration
The window to register to vote in the UK General Election on 12 December 2019 closes at midnight on 26 November.
The Research in Practice – Register to vote leaflet brings together information for social workers and others in direct practice, to enable the people they work with to register to vote.
Promoting the rights of all citizens to participate in democratic process accords with the core social work commitment to social justice, in solidarity with those who are dis-advantaged.
Around 15% (c. 7.5 million people) of those eligible to vote are not registered. People particularly unlikely to be registered include young people, in particular Black Minority Ethnic (BME) young people, people who are homeless, in temporary accommodation and those living in private rented accommodation.
Please use this leaflet to encourage individuals you work with to register to vote. For example, you can print off registration forms to share with people who do not have access to the internet. We hope this enables workers to support the rights of people involved with public services to vote.
- People with learning disabilities have the same right to vote as every other citizen and mental incapacity is not grounds to prevent someone from voting.
- People who are homeless can register to vote.
- People who fear that being on the electoral register might endanger them can be supported to register anonymously.