Elections: Care Homes

Cabinet Office written question – answered on 5th March 2019.

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Photo of Cat Smith Cat Smith Shadow Minister for Voter Engagement and Youth Affairs

To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office, what steps the Government is taking to enable residents of care homes to participate in elections.

Photo of Chloe Smith Chloe Smith The Parliamentary Secretary, Cabinet Office, Assistant Whip

To build on existing support given to people in care homes to register to vote and to exercise their votes, the Government has asked Electoral Registration Officers, Returning Officers and Electoral Service Managers to provide information on any novel or innovative actions they undertake to support care home residents in engaging in the democratic process. The information received will be analysed by the Government chaired Accessibility of Elections Working Group, which includes representatives from groups representing disabled people, organisations that represent electoral administrators and other interested parties such as the Electoral Commission, with a view to developing a record of good practice examples that can be shared to all with a role in supporting care homes residents to register to vote and vote at elections.

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