Domestic abuse victims across the Eastleigh constituency have been supported by their MP Mims Davies during discussions with the Chief Executive of the Electoral Commission Claire Bassett and Cabinet Office Minister Chloe Smith, over plans to make it easier for people to register to vote without compromising their safety.
In a statement Mims Davies said:
Voting is a right and a freedom that should be exercised by everyone eligible to take part. In the year in which we celebrate 100 years since the first women were given the vote, it is vital that no woman feels she must choose between personal safety and her right to vote. When a woman flees from home she leaves a lot behind including her connection often to that community. I have worked with those women to feed in their views, must we must do more.
When visiting a local refuge I spoke with victims of domestic abuse from across the UK who told me of their concerns over how registering to vote once again could compromise their safety, and the safety of their friends and family. That is why these new changes, enabling nurses, midwives and refuge managers to support victims of domestic abuse to register to vote anonymously is so important.
Changes coming into force within the anonymous voter registration scheme will make it easier for people to register to vote without compromising their safety.
There are an estimated 12,000 survivors of domestic abuse living in refuges as well as those living elsewhere and these changes will make it easier for those people to register to vote anonymously and to take part, without compromising their safety, in our electoral system.