A person with a learning disability has exactly the same rights to vote as anyone else. Voters must be over 18 years old, and must have registered to vote. Someone with a learning disability can vote provided they understand what voting is, and are able to make a choice between different candidates.
There are three different ways to vote:
- going to the polling station
- voting by post
- voting by proxy, when someone else votes on your behalf
Some people with a learning disability may find voting by post or by proxy easier than going to a polling station. They can also ask someone to help them vote, provided they follow certain rules.