There are a lot of elections this year. Depending on where you are, you could be voting in local elections, a mayoral election, in the London Assembly election, the Senedd and many more besides!
COVID-19 is going to massively impact turnout at these elections, particularly from marginalised and underrepresented groups, which will widen already existing inequalities in this country.
That’s why we’re running this campaign to get more people registered to vote.
On top of the targeted work that we’re doing in communities, we need you to take on an active role.
We need you to be a voter registration ambassador for us, asking others to register to vote if they haven’t yet. This will mean posting reminders on your social media accounts, raising your voice in your local community Facebook groups asking others to register and, if you are able, doing some offline work such as printing off voter registration forms for those without printer access.
The challenge is big, but it’s really easy to be part of our campaign. Consider this page a starting point – keep scrolling to find a ton of helpful information, and we’ll continue to provide training, resources and guidance along the way, giving you everything you’ll need to be an effective voice on this important issue.
We need to get the word out, but every little helps – thank you for being involved.– Nick Spooner, HOPE not hate organiser
COVID-19 has widened already existing inequalities, and it’s set to have an impact on turnout at these elections too.
That’s why, with your help, we’re writing to the Prime Minister and two Ministers for Communities and calling on them to make voting easier. This means sending out proxy and postal votes ahead of time, and seeing that councils make postal voting more accessible.
These are really important proposals to increase turnout at these elections and to make sure that everyone who wants to has their voice heard.
Share our open letter with your friends and family to help spread the word:
We’ve compiled some easy (and important) ways you can encourage others to register to vote. Let us know how you get on!
As part of the launch of this campaign, we commissioned some polling on attitudes towards these elections and the barriers facing voters when it comes to registering and voting.
TIP: This data is a great way support your points when encouraging others to get registered.
For those short on time or inspiration, leave the hard work to us – find some sample tweets that you can send out in one click below. We’ll continue to add to these throughout the campaign so check back every so often!Even in these precarious times, democracy should not be cancelled #RegisterToVote #NoVoteNoVoice Lockdown has shown us the power of local communities. Register to vote and make your local area’s voice count. #NoVoteNoVoice This is our first election in modern times in a pandemic, so it’s more important than ever to have a local representative that stands up for your community. #RegisterToVote by April 19th
Download eye-catching graphics for you to share on your social media feeds and in local Facebook groups. Just save the image and then post in your own time.
Make sure you’re following us on social media to find more posts for you to share and for more information about the campaign:
Many people are unaware that these elections are happening, so be sure to remind others of the key dates!
Election day: 6th May
Postal vote application deadline: 20th April
Register to vote deadline: 19th April
Please find answers to some frequently asked questions below. We’ll continue to update these as the questions roll in.
Q: Can I spend some money to do printing or some digital advertising or anything else to help the campaign?
A: Our voter registration campaign is bound by strict spending rules. You must speak with a member of the HNH team if you are planning on spending money on behalf of the campaign.
Q: As part of the HNH voter registration campaign, can I tell others who I think they should vote for?
A: This is a big no-no. Our voter registration must be totally non-partisan at all times, we are not able to support or align ourselves with one political party over another as part it.
If you’ve still got a burning question then please drop us a message: