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We try our best to ensure that all members of our community are correctly registered and can exercise their full democratic rights.

Registering to vote

Mencap and the Cabinet Office have created a step-by-step easy read guide to registering to vote (pdf, 448 KB) for people with a learning disability.

Electoral materials

Electoral materials are prescribed in law. However, if you wish to receive general information about registration or elections in a different format such as Braille, large print, on audiotape, or in a community language, please contact us.

Voting

We try to make the voting process as easy as possible for everyone and are committed to ensuring all our polling stations are accessible. Electoral Services provide special facilities to help voters with disabilities:

  • All polling stations are wheelchair accessible (special ramps are provided if needed).
  • All polling stations have booths adapted for wheelchair users.
  • Large print versions of ballot papers are available in every polling station.
  • Special aids are provided to enable visually impaired voters to mark their ballot papers without assistance.

Presiding Officers are in charge of polling stations and they can provide advice or assistance if required. Someone else can assist you at the polling station (e.g. a support worker) if they are either:

  • A qualified elector (and they have not already helped more than one other person vote), or
  • A close relative (father, mother, brother, sister, spouse, civil partner, son or daughter – if they are aged 18 years or over)

Download an easy read guide to voting at the polling station (pdf, 505 KB).

More information about polling station voting can be found on the Electoral Commission website.

If you don't want to go to the polling station to vote, please remember that all voters are entitled to vote by post (and proxy if they apply for each election), and voters with disabilities are also allowed to apply for a long term proxy.

Useful links

United Response is a national disability charity that has produced specific information on the voting process. See www.everyvotecounts.org.uk.

Mencap created an easy read guide to voting and registering to vote in the London Mayoral and London Assembly Elections 2021.

Updated: 12 May 2021