The first National Democracy Week!

Mencap is a partner in the first National Democracy Week, which was arranged by the Government, and took place from 2 to 8 July 2018.

The week was a celebration of democracy in society, including events, talks and fun activities, as well as being an opportunity to celebrate progress and champion future democratic participation.

At Mencap, we wanted this to be an opportunity for people with a learning disability, as well as their families and carers, to get involved in democratic discussions and activities.

We want to hear from you!

Some people out there think people with a learning disability shouldn’t vote.
For National Democracy Week we want to challenge attitudes like these.

We want to hear from people with a learning disability, their families and carers, about their experiences of engaging in democratic activities. This includes this like registering to vote and voting.

Get in touch with us on social media to tell us about your thoughts and experiences using #TalkDemocracy.

Inclusive Elections

Find out how we’re calling for all elections to be inclusive and accessible for people with a learning disability.

We've also create a number of easy read guides to voting in local and general elections, for you to use.

You can also take a look at easy read manifestos from the main political parties

Find out more

Register to vote

We encourage all people with a learning disability to engage in elections by voting.

In order to do this you must register to vote first.

This is a quick process which can be done online via the GOV.uk website.

Register now

Hear the stories

Take a look at some of the stories of people with a learning disability and their experiences around voting.

Voting: Go and give it a go!

Local elections are taking place in England on 3 May 2018. Hear from Michelle about why it's important for people with a learning disability to get out a vote, as well as her top tips for voting
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Voting is important – I went to Parliament to tell them why!

Luke talks about his experiences of voting, and how he went to parliament to tell them how to improve it!
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Voting: A very grown up thing to do

Neil is in his 50s and lived with his parents until March 2016, when he moved into his own home supported by Mencap. Earlier this year he voted for the first time.
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If you have your own story to tell get in touch with us on Twitter and use #TalkDemocracy

Find out more

Visit the National Democracy Week to find out more about what's happening from 2 to 8 July 2018.

This includes information about events, and resources about how to get involved.

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Our work in Parliament

Take a look at what we get up to in Parliament and how we work to get issues relating to learning disability on the political agenda.

Find out more

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Guides to voting

Download our easy read guides to voting and registering to vote, including for the General Election 2017
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Elections

Find out how we’re calling for all elections to be inclusive and accessible for people with a learning disability. See our easy read guides to voting and party manifestos
Read more