Electoral Register

Cabinet Office written question – answered on 3rd April 2017.

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To ask Her Majesty’s Government what steps they intend to take to assist electors without a permanent address to register to vote, including registering online; and whether any forthcoming review of electoral law will address and include measures to reduce the proportion of homeless and vulnerably housed electors who are not registered to vote.

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We are committed to a democracy that works for everyone, including homeless people. The Minister for Constitution has gathered specific evidence on the registration barriers faced by homeless people as part of his Every Voice Matters tour.

Specifically, the Minister for the Constitution met with homelessness organisations and their clients to hear how the electoral registration system could better respond to their needs. We will continue to work with homelessness charities, such as Shelter and others, to overcome barriers and help those with no fixed address to register to vote.

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