Making politics more accessible through Love Your Vote

Love Your Vote is a campaign run by Dimensions to support people with learning disabilities and autism to understand and exercise their right to vote.

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In the 2015 general election Barry, at age 68, voted for the first time. He has severe learning disabilities, cerebral palsy, quadriplegia and is non-verbal. But, with support from his team and polling station staff he was able to vote.

What is Love Your Vote?

Love Your Vote is a campaign to get people with learning disabilities and autism voting. We want everyone to have the chance to have their say on politics.

This page includes information on:

  • registering to vote by post or online
  • how to learn more about politics
  • voting by post or in person
  • how to use your free Voting Passport
  • who to contact for more information.

Dimensions has already helped hundreds of people with learning disabilities and autism learn more about voting. This year, we want to help even more.

If you would like to be involved or have any questions, please contact us using the form at the bottom of the page.

Registering to vote

Anyone who wants to vote must be registered. You can register to vote online or by post.

You can register to vote if you are:

  • 18+ years old
  • a citizen of Britain, Northern Ireland or the Commonwealth
  • a resident in the UK

You must register to vote by 22 May 2017 or you won’t be able to vote in the general election.

To register to vote, you will need to know:

  • which country live in
  • your nationality
  • your full name and date or birth
  • your National Insurance number
  • your address, and previous address if you have moved in the last 12 months.

You can register to vote by post by filling in a form and sending it to your local electoral office.

Download the registration form here.

You can register to vote online by following the instructions on the website.

Register to vote on the gov.uk website.

Learn about politics at our free workshops

Before the general election we will be running free accessible workshops on politics and voting.

These workshops will teach people with learning disabilities and autism more about the government, voting and having your say.

If you are interested in hosting or going to a workshop, please complete the form at the bottom of the page.

Voting by post

A postal vote is a way of voting that means:

  • you can vote before the day of the election
  • you don’t have to go to a polling station.

You can apply for a postal vote up to 23 May 2017, as long as you have registered to vote.

You might want to get a postal vote if:

  • you are going to be busy on the day of the election (8 June)
  • you might not have support to go and vote on the day of the election (8 June)
  • you would like to avoid travelling, queuing or waiting at the polling station.

If you have a postal vote, you must post it so it arrives before 10pm on 8 June 2017. If you forget to post it, you can take it to the polling station on the day of the election.

Voting in person

A polling station is a place in your neighbourhood where you can go to vote.

At the polling station you will be asked for your address, to make sure you are registered to vote.

You will get a ballot paper. This is a list of the people you can vote for.

There are lots of things you can do for support when you are voting. You might have to ask people when you get to the polling station and tell them what support you would like.

We have developed a Voting Passport to help with this. It clearly shows how you would like to be supported and your legal rights to vote.

Using our Voting Passport

  1. Download your free Dimensions Voting Passport
  2. Fill in your details, including your name and how you would like to be supported to vote
  3. Show it at your polling station and let staff there know you would like support to vote
  4. If they have any questions, show them the list of your rights and help them understand your legal rights to vote.

Any questions on voting?

If you have any questions about voting, you can visit these websites:

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Source: https://www.dimensions-uk.org/campaign/love-your-vote/