The General Election is edging closer and, as the national debate heats up ahead of 7 May, it is important to ensure that you have registered your vote in order to take part on the day if you choose to.

In recent months, our Every Vote Counts campaign has discussed how to promote voting and highlighted the importance of knowing the law to ensure that you and the people you support can exercise the democratic right to vote.

That is why we have focused on providing easy read information on voting, news and politics, publishing easy read resources designed to help open up discussions with people with learning disabilities about what politics is, how it affects our everyday lives, and how everyone can get involved through voting.

We have also created an easy read website dedicated to explaining the democratic process in a simplified format, and the site shares useful information on the workings of Parliament, the role of communities and, crucially, information on registering to vote.

Have you registered to vote yet?

The deadline for registering to vote, 20 April, is now only six weeks away so, if you are yet to sign up to the electoral register, there is still time to do so. If you are not sure if you or a person you support are registered to vote, click here or ask your local council, who will be able to tell you how to contact your local electoral services.

People with learning disabilities are entitled to vote, irrespective of their mental capacity. We want to encourage the 1.5 million adults with learning disabilities across the UK to make their vote count and exercise their rights in the same way as everyone else.

Whatever you do, remember that the most important thing ahead of deciding who to vote for is making sure that you are registered to take part. We hope that registration numbers among people with disabilities will be higher than ever before, to make sure that the disabled community are fairly represented at the General Election.

Gemma Taylor, media assistant.