#ENABLEtheVote

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, 63.5 percent of the wider population voted in the 2021 Scottish Parliament Election.

#ENABLEtheVote is our campaign 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 accessible 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 local counsellors to make it possible for people who have a learning disability to unlock their #OwnFrontDoor.

And the result?

More than 80 percent of people who engaged with #ENABLEtheVote used their vote in the Scottish Parliamentary Election in 2021, and 91 percent used their vote in the Local Council Elections in 2017.

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