With local government elections taking place across England, Scotland and Wales on 4th May, we want to encourage everyone to use their right to vote.

People with learning disabilities are legally entitled to vote, but we know that there are a number of obstacles faced by the 1.5 million people with a learning disability in the UK. We created the Every Vote Counts campaign to make politics and voting more accessible.

For those who have never voted before, the upcoming local elections are a great place to start exercising this democratic right. 

Remember to register!  

To use your right to vote, you must be on the electoral register. The deadline to register to vote in the local elections is Thursday 13th April.

If you are unsure whether you or someone you support is on the electoral register, you can check online.

Check if you are registered to vote

If you are not registered, you can register online before the 13th April.

Register to vote

Looking for accessible information?

We know that a lot of the mainstream information on politics is complicated and can be difficult for many people with learning disabilities to understand. That’s why we created our dedicated Every Vote Counts website, which includes easy read information on local politicians, councils, elections, voting and much more. 

Take a look at our website and make sure you’re prepared to use your right to vote.

Visit Every Vote Counts

What’s your experience of voting? 

We’re always interested to hear about people’s experiences of voting.

Have you experienced any challenges while voting or registering to vote? Have you ever encountered any barriers which have prevented you from voting? Has accessible information made a difference to how you engage in politics?  

If you have a story to share about yourself or someone you know, we would love to hear from you. Please feel free to get in touch with our campaigns team by emailing: campaigns@unitedresponse.org.uk