Promote the Migrant Vote is a collaborative project organised by Migrants Organise with a number of charities and organisations in the migration and race equality sector.

Many people currently living in the UK will not be allowed to vote in the 2017 General Election. This includes all those without British citizenship – such as most EU nationals, asylum seekers and those with temporary leave to remain. Many of these face massive uncertainty about their status and rights in the UK.

As migrants, we must make our voices heard by creating activities, events and opportunities that build solidarity between different groups. In the past, communities excluded from elections have found creative ways to make sure their interests remain visible and have had a decisive impact in raising the issues that are important to them.

These are some ideas for the kinds of activities you can undertake:

Social media campaigns asking people to think of their fellow residents when they vote. This can include communities holding signs saying who they are, raising specific demands and calling for solidarity from wider society.

Initiate local conversations that provide a platform for different migrant groups to speak together and share their common challenges and experiences.

Help run registration drives for others: in the recent Presidential election in the United States, many undocumented immigrants supported US citizens to register and to vote, under the slogan ‘My Dream, Your Vote’.

Engage in creative actions: in the run up to the 2015 elections, a group called Justice for Domestic Workers dressed up as suffragettes outside Parliament, making a connection between their marginalisation and the exclusion of women from voting in the UK. The morning of the election itself is a particularly effective time to take action.

Support existing events: there will be events taking place around the elections that celebrate openness, inclusivity and diversity. Make sure your groups are present at these events, distributing your material, raising your voices and connecting with other communities. 

Who Can Vote?

To vote in a UK general election a person must be registered to vote and also:
  • 18 or over
  • be a British citizen, a qualifying Commonwealth citizen or a citizen of the Republic of Ireland
  • not be subject to any legal incapacity to vote
The full information and more details can be found on the Electoral Commission website here: https://www.electoralcommission.org.uk/faq/voting-and-registration/who-is-eligible-to-vote-at-a-uk-general-election

Important Dates and Information

  • September 22 is the Registration Deadline.
Before you can vote, you must first register to vote. The last day you can register is at 11:59 pm on Spetember 22. The process is simple and only takes 5 minutes. You can register online at https://www.gov.uk/register-to-vote.
To register you will need:
  • Your name and address
  • Date of Birth
  • Your National Insurance Number
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