Veterans prepare to head to the polling station and have say in general election - The Solihull Observer

Veterans prepare to head to the polling station and have say in general election

Solihull Editorial 30th Jun, 2024   0

A SOLIHULL veteran is set to head to the polls and cast his vote in the General Election.

Army veteran Stan, who lives at the Royal Star and Garter Home, will be having his say at the ballot box on July 4.

He said: “Engaging in the electoral process through voting is a powerful way to contribute to the democratic process.

“It has always been very important to me to cast my vote and have my opinions heard.”

The home, which cares for veterans and their loved ones with disability or dementia have been working hard to ensure residents can vote, should they wish to.

The charity says residents are supported in registering for a postal vote when they move into a Royal Star and Garter Home and staff have also been on hand to help residents register to vote, if they have not done so already, and where they wish to do it in person, take them to polling stations on election day.

Shirley Hall, director of care and wellbeing at Royal Star and Garter, said: “Older people care passionately about this country, and age is not a reason to disenfranchise people. Many of our residents served and fought for this country and its freedom.

“This included the right to vote, and I am delighted that so many want to express their democratic right, and that staff in our Homes are helping this important process to happen.”


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