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Trailblazer: The Arnolfini, in Bristol – now standing in as a home for rough sleepers who want to vote in the election.

Wouldn’t it be great if other organisations followed the example of the Arnolfini in This Writer’s home city, Bristol?

Bosses at the arts organisation in central Bristol are letting homeless people use their address so they can vote in the General Election.

Rough sleepers have under a week to register to have their say in the coming election on December 12.

According to the Bristol Post:

Just two per cent of homeless people are on the electoral roll which could largely be down to the process of registering being so hard for people without a home.

They have to print off and then post a form – something that most people without access to a computer would find impossible.

To help rough sleepers, workers at the Arnolfini will print off the forms, send them off, let people use their address and give them a free hot drink while their register.

A spokesperson posted on Facebook: “Don’t lose your vote.

“If you know any homeless people that would like to vote but don’t have an address they can use ours.

“Just let them know to pop to the Arnolfini Café Bar. We’ll give them a form and a hot drink.”

The Post stated that the Electoral Commission has also approved the Bristol Beer Factory in Southville as a place homeless people who sleep rough can use as their address.

The cafe there will also offer people a free hot drink while they register.

This Writer would like to ask other organisations in different constituencies across the UK to provide the same facilities, if possible.

Many people who are homeless and living on the streets are only there because they have suffered the brunt of Conservative austerity.

We should all – in every constituency – be going out of our way to provide them the opportunity to vote – something the Tories have done their best to take away.

Source: Arnolfini letting homeless use its address so they can vote in General Election – Bristol Live

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