The deadline for voters to register for the upcoming parliamentary election is 22nd May. Leaders are encouraged to promote voter registration within their institutions, and are invited to attend a training session on Monday 15th May 5-7pm at Church of Christ the Cornerstone, to help with this. Here are some ideas:
- talk about it at Friday/Saturday/Sunday religious events and/or through 121s with people who may not know how to register
- print this ‘Register to Vote in 4 steps’ poster and put it on noticeboards
- send through mailing lists and newsletters (include the poster as an insert, or include the blurb and link in an existing newsletter or mass email)
- and via social media.
It can work really well to print the forms where you have large groups of people in one place, but remember to collect them all afterwards and deliver them to your local council. If you collect large numbers then it is worth tipping off your local council’s electoral registration office so they know you are coming and they have time to process them.
The stumbling block is often that people don’t know their National Insurance number, so it is worth putting some thought into how to get around that. It is possible to submit a paper version with a note saying that they don’t have a record of the NI number, but there is a possibility that this will delay the processing of the form. Though that is better than not submitting anything at all.
If you have any questions, contact Tom Bulman, tel 07962 838685.