Support for registering to vote
- My Vote My Voice believes public sector workers, local authorities, families, carers, and community groups all have a part to play in ensuring disabled voters can register to vote and ultimately cast their ballots on polling day.
- Front line customer service teams in council run community spaces (libraries, hubs etc) to be trained to support people to register to vote
- Electoral Commission to co-produce an e-learning module for frontline social care staff on supporting people to vote and having non-partisan conversations about democracy
- Social care providers should encourage staff to accompany disabled people they support to polling stations as designated companions, covering election support as a critical component of core staff training.
- Allocate dedicated grants from local authorities to social care providers to cover additional transportation costs for disabled people they support travelling to and from polling stations.
- Organise voter registration days during the lead-up to polling day aimed at disabled people living in social care, facilitated by providers and local authority election teams, in close collaboration with local Disabled Persons Organisations and advocacy groups.
- Build on the lessons learned from the public awareness-raising campaign around voter ID during the 2023 local elections, and reformat messaging towards disabled voters in a more accessible manner.