Get my vote

Our campaign to make politics accessible, to ensure people with a learning disability get their voices heard.

This year the number of people with a learning disability voting in the general election rose to almost 1 in 3. This was a fantastic result and Mencap is pleased that so many people were able to have their say.

However, far too many people with a learning disability continue to be left out of politics and Mencap wants to make sure that MPs continue to pay attention to the needs of people with a learning disability.

What is the 'Get my vote' campaign?

In 2005 less than 1 in 5 people with a learning disability voted in the general election. This was the result of political parties being unable - and unwilling - to involve everyone or to make the confusing language of politics accessible to everyone.

For the general election in 2010, Mencap launched the 'Get my vote' campaign to make sure people with a learning disability had the opportunity to get their voices heard.

What we achieved
  • Almost 1 in 3 people with a learning disability voted - double the number in 2005 (results from a poll of Mencap personal support services).
  • All three major parties produced easy read guides to their plans (manifestos) - something which had never been done before.
  • Over 150 MPs supported the rights of people with a learning disability to vote.
  • The House of Commons published easy read guides to parliament on how laws are made, you and your MP and about select committees.
What next?

For all future elections Mencap wants to make sure that:

  • MPs, MLAs and AMs continue to make their information available in easy read formats.
  • Politicians listen to the needs of people with a learning disability.
  • People with a learning disability have their voices heard.

We also want to make sure that people with a learning disability continue to vote and that politicians continue to listen after the elections.

Make rights a reality!

You can help to make your local politicians listen to people with a learning disability.

The guide to voting

 

Has your MP signed up?

Mencap campaigners have been getting in touch with their MPs and local candidates to ask them to sign up to the Get my vote campaign.