Everyone’s vote matters and it is very important that people with a learning disability also vote! According to parliamentary reports, in December 2018, those with a disability were more likely to be registered to vote (92%) than those without a disability (82%). This is really encouraging but it’s crucial to keep this up!
There is only 1 day left to go to register to vote in the upcoming General Election. If you’re not already registered, you need to do so by Tuesday 26 November 2019 (11:59pm) to be able to vote on election day (12 December 2019). This includes postal votes (but you have only until 5pm to register if you wish to vote in this way).
Unsure if you’re registered?
If you aren’t sure whether or not you are on the electoral register you can contact your local Electoral Registration Office.
Do you need more information about the voting process?
It’s easy to be confused about the voting process, but don’t worry, the government have put together an easy-to-read guide to help you understand.
Will you need support on Polling Day?
We have provided you with a form which aims to help you take part in the voting process – Support My Vote.
This form is split into two parts:
- Part 1 – covers any reasonable adjustments you may need on polling day, examples of which are highlighted.
- Part 2 – explains what is and isn’t permitted when receiving electoral support.
If you do need assistance, please take the form with you to show to electoral officials on polling day.
If you do plan to vote, please do ensure that you and/or the person supporting you plan for any necessary adjustments in advance. For example, this might include arranging transport to and from the polling station.
When is the vote?
12 December 2019.
Where will your polling station be?
Once you’re registered to vote, you should receive a polling card in the post. This will tell you where you go to place your vote. You can also contact your local Electoral Registration Office.
Unsure of who to vote for?
Who to vote for in an election can be very confusing, especially if you’re not a follower of politics. However, the main parties (the Conservatives, Labour, Liberal Democrats, the Brexit Party, the Scottish National Party and Plaid Cymru) normally produce easy-to-read manifestos on their website outlining their beliefs and what they would do if they were elected.
The BBC have also produced simple guides for each major party:
- Liberal Democrats
- The Brexit Party
- The Scottish National Party
- Plaid Cymru
- The Green Party
Remember, your vote gives you a voice about what is important to you.
Your vote matters, so please do register to vote today if you wish to vote.