Bar lets homeless people register to vote using their address

Bristol Beer Factory
Bristol Beer Factory are calling on homeless people to register at their address (Picture: Bristol Beer Factory)

A brewery in Bristol has launched an initiative to help homeless people register to vote.

Bristol Beer Factory is offering rough sleepers the chance to fill out a form at the Arnolfini art gallery, where their bar is based, ahead of the General Election on December 12.

Staff will then send off the forms, meaning anyone who filled one out is registered to vote at their address.

They have also offered a hot drink to anyone who comes by to register.

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The team wrote online: ‘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.

(Picture: Bristol Beer Factory)
They are also giving free hot drinks to anyone who comes by to register (Picture: Bristol Beer Factory)
Bristol Beer Factory
The bar is inside the Arnolfini art gallery (Picture:Bristol Beer Factory)

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

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The deadline for registering to vote is November 26, at 11.59pm.

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Anyone without a fixed address in the UK can still vote so long as they’re registered.

This can be done by filling out a ‘Declaration of local connection’ form, which can be found at electoral registration offices or downloaded from GOV.UK.

It then needs to be returned to the electoral registration office by hand, by post or by email.

Person places their vote in a ballot box at a polling station.
The deadline for registering is November 26 (Picture: Getty Images)

The government recommends choosing to register at an address you regularly visit or have access to, such as a hostel, a friend’s house or a day centre.

Rough sleepers can also register at an address closest to where they spend most of their time, for example, a park bench, bus shelter or doorway.

Anyone registered and eligible to vote can do so in person at a polling station, by post or by proxy, which means getting someone to vote for you.

Applications for a postal or proxy vote can be done online or through the electoral registration office.

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Bristol – Metro