Easy read guides to voting in the May local elections
We have worked with Mencap and Mencap NI to produce easy read guides for voters with a learning disability.
The easy read guides provide information about:
- the local elections on Thursday 2 May
- how to register to vote
- how to cast a vote with confidence at a polling station
- how to apply for a postal and proxy vote
Accessible voting for all
Harry and Charlotte who work for Mencap and have a learning disability, have shared their own experiences of voting in a polling station.
To help make voting easier for people with learning disabilities, they suggest:
- polling stations have posters with pictures on how to vote
- polling station staff could wear badges to show that they are there to help people with learning disability vote
Harry from Mencap
Charlotte from Harrow Mencap
Angen cymorth yn yr orsaf bleidleisio?
Os oes angen cyngor arnoch chi, gofynnwch i'r staff yn yr orsaf bleidleisio – byddant yn gallu eich helpu chi.Os oes gennych anabledd, gallwch ofyn i'r Swyddog Llywyddu am gymorth a gallant farcio'r papur pleidleisio ar eich rhan chi. Gallwch hefyd ofyn i rywun arall eich helpu chi (e.e. gweithiwr cymorth, cyn belled â'u bod yn berthynas neu'n etholwr cymwys ac nad ydynt wedi helpu mwy nag un person arall i bleidleisio eisoes).Os oes gennych nam ar eich golwg, gallwch ofyn i weld papur pleidleisio print bras neu gallwch ofyn am declyn pleidleisio arbennig sy'n caniatáu i chi bleidleisio wrth eich hun yn gyfrinachol.
Need assistance at the polling station?
If you need any advice, just ask the staff at the polling station – they will be happy to help you. If you are disabled, you can ask for help and the Presiding Officer can mark the ballot paper for you. You can also ask someone else to help you (e.g. a support worker, as long as they are either a relative or an eligible elector and have not already helped more than one other person vote).If you have a visual impairment, you can ask to see a large print ballot paper or you can ask for a special voting device that allows you to vote on your own in secret.