Three ways Voter Registration Champions make a difference
What is the Voter Registration Champion scheme?
The Voter Registration Champion scheme is an initiative of Citizens UK and is supported by the UK Democracy Fund. By combining our community organising expertise with our experience of creating the Living Wage accreditation scheme, we aim to mobilise a movement of civil society organisations, community groups and employers to make sure 300,000 at-risk voters can exercise their right to vote at the next General Election.
How does becoming a Voter Registration Champion benefit my organisation?
You’ll get a badge to recognise that you are part of a ground-breaking non-partisan accreditation scheme for organisations that take simple steps to ensure their members can participate in democracy. You’ll get access to a one-stop shop to equip your organisation to register people to vote, educate people about the new Voter ID requirements, and encourage turnout on election day. You’ll make a difference by joining a movement to make sure 300,000 at-risk voters are registered and equipped to cast their vote ahead of the next General Election.
What does my organisation need to do to become an accredited Voter Registration Champion?
ESTABLISH ORGANISATIONAL BUY-IN: Make sure your organisation is willing to take an active role in registering your people to vote, encourage democratic participation, and fulfil the relevant accreditation criteria.
BUILD A TEAM: As well as getting buy-in from the key decision-makers, you’ll need a named senior contact and a team of people who are willing to do the work – including at least one person to attend an online training with Citizens UK.
WORK OUT A PLAN: Decide how your organisation will go about achieving each of the accreditation criteria, as well as how you will gather the data to demonstrate that you have met the accreditation criteria.
SUBMIT YOUR LICENSE APPLICATION: Send us the information we need to accredit you as a Voter Registration Champion. We will ask you to send us an update each year to renew your accreditation.
CELEBRATE YOUR ACHIEVEMENT!: You’ll be able to use the Voter Registration Champion badge and logo to show your leadership in promoting democratic participation.
Who can be part of the Voter Registration Champion scheme?
The movement is open to all organisations. Citizens UK member organisations and Living Wage employers are particularly encouraged to accredit, but we hope to see organisations across civil society such as faith groups, schools and colleges, and community groups joining the movement. If you are not sure which category to apply for then contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org.