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People you support have the right to vote. But do you enable them to do it?

Anyone with a learning disability can vote provided they understand what voting is, and are able to make a choice between different candidates.

The right to vote is a protected human right. People with learning disabilities and residents in care homes, have the right to participate in political and public life.

People with a learning disability are less likely to vote in elections.  The numbers have been getting better,  in the 2005 General Election less than 1 in 5 people with a learning disability voted  but by the 2005 general election this had risen to 1 in 3 people  voting.  People are less likely to vote in local elections but it is local councils who decide how local services that people with a learning disability use will be funded and delivered.

ARC are piloting meetings that will enable people with a learning disability to meet representatives of the main political parties and find out what they are promising to do. There will be an opportunity to learn about voting and to work with others to ask questions and get answers. In council wards where the election outcome is close, people with a learning disability vote could make the difference in who wins the seat!

Refreshments will be available.

To find out more and to book your FREE places click on the link below…

People with a learning disability have the right to vote. If people aren’t already on the electoral the final deadline to register is the 6 May.