The YouElect Action Kit has been especially formulated for those who want to do more than just cross a box on election day.

Like any communal effort and project, We need volunteers who can offer their time, talents and energy up to and including Election Day. The Action Kit will provide you with all the guidance, materials and contacts that will help you in mobilising your local community.

There are several key tiers to the national YouElect campaign. We need volunteers and local community organisers to come forward and manage the various elements. All volunteers will be provided with relevant training and material from seasoned and experienced community activists and workers.

If you can spare a few hours for khidma and community endeavour in any or all of the areas listed then please email volunteers@youelect.org.uk

Voting in Islam

Much has been said on this issue but the evidence and scholarly opinions are quite clear. For further details please view the document:

Statement of 35 British Ulema - coordinated by MCB
Resolution 5/16 of the European Council for Fatwa and Research

IFE - 'Voting in Islam'

Statement from Shaikh Haitham al-Haddad

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YouElect Online

This online resource is probably the most advanced web tool the British Muslim community has had to access mainstream political information. It is a testament to collective community enterprise, co-operation and mutual support. The initiative aims to use online tools and the Internet to the fullest to promote political participation and engagement. The website can be networked in numerous ways.

Email ­ Send the site link to your friends, families and colleagues who may be resident in other constituencies. Friends and supporters with up-to-date e-lists and contacts should forward the site details, or contact the YouElect team to request the specially designed e-template that holds all the general information about what YouElect has to offer, such as the individual constituency search facility, PPC profiles, contacts and forums.

Discussion Forums ­ Link these to local forums, this will allow community members to post their local events, views, experiences and opinion on the latest local and national goings-on. An ideal way to arrange hustings and organise the local YouElect effort.

Web Banners & YouElect Signature ­ Put the various sized YouElect banners and link, for the duration of the campaign on your web site or blog. Send the banner to community site web administrators with a request for placement.

Small Square YouElect Banner
Medium YouElect Banner
Tall YouElect Banner

Facebook & Twitter - The YouElect Facebook and Twitter pages can be accessed via the icons in the top right-hand side of the site. Social networking is an essential part of the YouElect initiative, get tweets and become friends with YouElect, press the share button to tell others about the latest YouElect news, initiate discussion on who is saying what and where…

Political and Muslim Forums ­ There are a numerous popular forums where the YouElect site can mentioned and linked, please uphold ‘cyberetiquette’ and remember to abide by forum rules.

Comments & Guest Posts ­ For those who frequent other sites or spend their leisure time surfing, why not reference the site, its objectives and campaign.

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Masajid, Community Organisations & Businesses

YouElect will be contacting Islamic centres, organisations, Islamic societies, businesses and community stakeholders to harness their support and practical assistance. We do however require regional and local contacts to approach their business networks, masajid and other contacts to inform and explain the role that all of us need to play to promote full political participation.

This could include Khutbas, seminars and presentations to encourage participation in the democratic process, whilst conveying the dangers of inaction. YouElect can assist in planning and organizing events and providing information and publicity material.

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YouElect Campaign Literature

Organise Hustings

Sounds like something out of a cowboy flick…it is in fact a live, well publicised, public gathering where the invited Prospective Parliamentary Candidates (PPC) are politely questioned about their vision, manifestos and policies. It allows the audience to get a first hand impression of the people who wish to serve and represent them in Parliament. A husting should be organised at least 2 or 3 weeks prior to election day, 3 weeks if it is to be used to encourage voter registration.

YouElect can help you organise a husting, tips on publicity, provide the poster designs and sample questions. Please view our full hustings guide below.

YouElect Hustings Guide

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Text Campaigns

Drop us an email at texts@youelect.org.uk and we will send you the official 160 character YouElect message that can be texted to friend and colleagues.

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Local Press & Radio Stations

Local press websites, hardcopies, radio phone-ins and appearances are all opportunities to disseminate the message more widely.

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Be Pro-active!

As Election Day approaches there is always a need to roll-up one’s sleeves and check they have registered to vote (must be done at least 11 working days prior to voting day), answer any questions, canvass their involvement by teaming up and knocking on their doors, putting up flyers, texting details and phoning locals. As has been demonstrated in the past, local community volunteers and activists can make a difference in turn-out by offering informed advice, assistance and transport on polling day itself.

For example - have you read the Party manifestos? Click here for a summary prepared by the YouElect team.

And For further details on how you can help please email volunteers@youelect.org.uk

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