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Domestic Abuse Survivors Are Unjustly Locked Out of Voting in the UK Election

You need to register with your address in order to cast your ballot—and for hundreds of victims fleeing violence at home, that's simply out of the question.

by Niamh McIntyre
May 16 2017, 3:54pm

On 5 May 2016, two and a half million Londoners voted in the city's mayoral contest, having had a few months of a bitterly fought campaign to weigh up the differences between Sadiq Khan and Zac Goldsmith.

But on polling day, Ash, a survivor of domestic violence, wasn't just thinking about policies and pledges: They had to consider whether their vote was worth the risk of bumping into their abuser on the way to the polling station.

It's nearly impossible to vote safely if you're a domestic abuse survivor living in a refuge—and it means that hundreds of women and non-binary people will be shut out of the electoral process in the next general election on June 8.

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