Voting participation among people experiencing homelessness
It has long been recognized that individuals experiencing homelessness face many barriers to participating in municipal, provincial and federal elections. As Election Canada notes:
"The electoral process helps determine the nature of politics and the kind of society in which we live. If certain groups, because of economic and social barriers and disadvantages, do not participate in elections regularly and visibly, particular issues, concerns and needs central to their lives will most likely remain at the margins of our politics and policy-making."
Ideally, everyone should have access to safe and affordable housing, thus removing any housing-related barriers to voting. But, as we continue to work to end homelessness, the Canadian Observatory on Homelessness would like to hear your feedback on how to increase voting participation among people experiencing homelessness.
- What are the consequences of low voting participation among people experiencing homelessness?
- What are the barriers to voting that people without housing face?
- How can policy-makers, organizations and advocates reduce those barriers?
- Are there programs and initiatives that have had demonstrable success in this area?
Share your thoughts below.
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- February 15, 2017
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