Every person who has a learning disability has the right to vote
On average, only 30 percent of people who have a learning disability vote in elections. And, while 70 percent of people who have a learning disability want to vote, 60 percent find the process too difficult.
In contrast, 56 percent of the wider population voted in the 2016 Scottish Parliament Election.
#ENABLEtheVote set out to make the voting process and politicians much more accessible to people who have a learning disability.
#ENABLEtheVote works across the political spectrum, empowering people who have a learning disability to:
- have their say
- influence the debate on the issues that matter to them
- make informed choices about who to vote for
- increase the number of people who have a learning disability who vote.
We do this by:
- writing accessible literature about the election process
- organising hustings during election times for people who have a learning disability and family carers.
- campaigning for all political parties to create easy-read manifestos
- asking politicians to #BeTheChange for people who have a learning disability.
And the result?
More than 80 percent of people who engaged with #ENABLEtheVote used their vote in the Scottish Parliamentary Election in 2016, and 91 percent used their vote in the Local Council Elections in 2017.
It’s time to #ENABLETheVote 2021!Scottish Parliament Elections 2021