A Swansea business is letting homeless people say they live there so they can vote in the General Election 2019

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A Swansea business is using its premises to give homeless people the chance to vote.

The deadline to register to vote in next month’s general election is November 26, after which anyone who is eligible but who hasn’t registered will not be able to cast a vote.

But to register, people need to have a registered address, which instantly excludes the homeless.

However, independent business Cinema & Co has taken inspiration from another business in Bristol , which has offered to help rough sleepers by letting them use its address, and so enabling them to vote.

Cinema & Co owner Anna Redfern said: “It’s more important than ever to vote in the upcoming general election and especially to give a voice to those who can no longer exercise their basic human rights, let alone their right to vote.

“We sincerely hope that providing a safe place for the homeless to register will empower them to have a say in such a vital decision”.

The Electoral Commission confirmed that people who didn’t have a permanent home could register to vote at an address where they spent a part of their time, such as a shelter or night shelter, or a friend’s place.



Cinema & Co is doing its bit to help rough sleeps get their vote

Cinema & Co is inviting homeless people to visit the business in Castle Street on Monday, November 25, when they can fill out a voter registration form which will be submitted on their behalf.

They will also screen a Christmas themed film, at 1pm, and provide hot drinks.

Homeless charity Crisis is also offering advice for rough sleepers who want to vote, here .

Further advice can be found at the Electoral Commission .



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