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After much speculation, the Prime Minister has called an election for the 4th of July. Here are three key things for VCSE Organisations to think about and consider –

Campaigning on Key Issues

As made clear in statements by the Charity Commission Chair, charities can take part in political activity that supports their purpose and is in their best interests. However, charities must follow the law when doing so. A range of guidance has been produced to help organisations under their legislative requirements including:

Build relationships with prospective MP’s

You can engage decision-makers and politicians at any time, but elections provide an opportunity to build a relationship and make sure you are represented. The Lloyds Bank Foundation have done a useful guide on how and why you might want to do this.

Support people to vote

Helping the people your organisation works with to vote is a chance to make sure their voices are heard.

Individuals must be registered to vote by 18th June. Voters can choose whether to vote at a polling station, by post or by proxy. If you wish to vote by Post you must also apply by the 19th June with registration for a proxy vote available until the 26th June.

For the first time at a UK general election, those voting at a polling station will need to show photo ID. Voters should check now if they have an accepted form of ID, and if not to apply for free ID by the 26th June, called the Voter Authority Certificate .

Did You Know?
If you or your clients do NOT have a permanent address, there are a number of ways to register to vote. This is particularly
important for VCSE Organisations and services to be aware of, as they can provide an address for clients to register at through completing a Declaration of Local Connection Form.

This also means that you CAN be eligible to vote if you are homeless, currently in residential mental health treatment, part of the Gypsy, Roma or Traveller community and if you are remanded in custody (but not convicted).