The UK is set to go to the polls on 12 December 2019. #MEAction UK has prepared a guide ahead of the General Election with information on how to register for voting, different ways of voting (postal, proxy, etc), information about candidates and tips on raising awareness about myalgic encephalomyelitis (ME) with candidates. Make your voice heard by voting.[maxbutton id=”15″ url=”http://www.meaction.net/wp-content/uploads/2019/11/General-Election-Guide-2019-MEAction-UK.pdf” text=”Read the General Election Guide” ]
Keep in mind that that the deadline to register to vote in person is midnight on 26 November.
If you want to apply to vote by post, register before 5pm on 26 November if you live in England, Scotland or Wales and by 5pm on 21 November if you live in Northern Ireland. Your postal vote must then arrive at your Electoral Office in the UK by 10pm on 12 December.
If you’re unable to vote in person you can ask someone to vote on your behalf. This is called a proxy vote. Apply for a proxy vote using a paper form. You need to send it to your local Electoral Registration Office. You need to apply by 5pm on 4 December to vote by proxy in the General Election in England, Scotland or Wales. Find the forms here. There’s a different form to apply to vote by proxy in Northern Ireland and you must apply by 5pm on 21 November. Find the forms here.
The list of candidates who are standing in your constituency will be available after 14 November on your local authority website and on local notice boards. Information on the candidates standing will also be made available here.
You can make candidates aware of the issues that people with ME face and let them know of urgent needs such as suspending dangerous and outdated treatment recommendations from the NICE guidelines (GET and CBT), the need for biomedical research funding, updating healthcare professional training and stopping unjustified child protection proceedings. You’ll find detailed information on these in the guide, as well as sample messages and graphics for you to post on social media asking your candidates to commit to fighting for people with ME.