Since the launch of our London-wide voter registration drive, Movement for Change Organisers have worked with activists across the capital, whether it’s simply adding unregistered properties to a canvassing route or running a voter registration drive with a local community centre. Below are just a couple of examples of the work we’ve been doing.
Walthamstow – Teaming up with Hope Not Hate
In Walthamstow leaders have been working with nearly a dozen community institutions including churches, schools & community groups. On 14th April we teamed up with Hope Not Hate and local Labour Party members in Walthamstow town centre for a day of action and registered over 50 people. Click here to hear from Ellie Lowe from Hope Not Hate on why she joined together with Movement for Change to register voters.
Greenwich & Woolwich – Myth busting
On Walpole housing estate in Woolwich members focussed on breaking down the many myths surrounding voter registration by putting together information packs and posting these to local residents. They then followed up by knocking on doors and collecting voter registration forms. This has proven to be a popular campaign with local members who want to continue to work on voter registration as a way of stimulating continued engagement with local residents on this estate and the wider community.
Inactive Members & Community Engagement
At the outset the primary aim of this campaign was to register as many voters as possible and speak to people about the damaging reforms to voter registration proposed by the coalition Government. Whilst these aims are still paramount we’ve had overwhelming feedback from our leaders that it’s been a fantastic way of engaging inactive members and building relationships with local organisations.
Inactive members have found the Missing Millions campaign both inspiring and a great way to build their confidence. Members who have previously been too nervous to speak to people on the doorstep, or found it difficult to approach their local church, college or community centre in a party political context, have found that voter registration is a great way of starting conversations and building these relationships.
The deadline for registering to vote for the elections on 3rd May has now passed but we want this to be a permanent campaign, not only bringing people closer to politics but confronting local Labour parties with the reasons why people are disinterested in politics. For more information on the campaign or for ideas on running a voter registration drive in your area please get in touch.