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Alex is encouraging everyone to vote

Everyone should have a say about who makes decisions that affect their lives. That is why Alex, one of our Mirus Ambassadors who is passionate about politics, has been working with Erin, Electoral Services Officer for the City of Cardiff Council, to find out how he can encourage more people with learning disabilities, autism and mental health conditions to vote. 

 

Alex came up with the idea to film an interview with Erin to learn more about voting and to share this information easily with others. The interview was a way for him to ask his own questions about voting and the questions other people may have. He wanted to know all the things you can and can’t do when it comes to voting, and he wanted other people to be able to have this information too. 

 

The interview is full of useful information to help people when it comes to registering to vote and voting on polling day. Alex and Erin spoke about how important it is to get your voice heard, why Alex votes, and the resources available online on the Electoral Commission website. They also spoke about how people can ask the polling staff for help and how you can bring someone with you if you need help while voting.  

 

They discussed how you now need a form of ID to vote and gave examples of the ID types accepted, like a disabled person’s bus pass.   

 

After filming, Alex asked Erin for some promotional items, including tote bags, hats and badges to help him to engage with people at the Big Lunch in Cardiff. He talked to people about using their voice and voting and handed out easy-to-read guides about the upcoming General Election. 

   

Alex said:

“I’ve been using my role as a Mirus Ambassador to encourage people with learning disabilities to vote. I think it’s important to vote so that your voice is heard. 

“A long time ago, people with learning disabilities or mental health issues were not allowed to vote, and people fought for people with learning disabilities to have the right to vote. So, if you can vote, I think you should.” 

 

Erin, Electoral Services Officer for the City of Cardiff Council, said:

“I’ve been working with Alex, and he has been making videos for us, and he has also been going around to events to help spread awareness for voting, especially with people with disabilities such as learning disabilities and autism.” 

   

Alex listens to the news to help him form opinions on who to vote for but wants to emphasise that people can vote for any reason, including liking a politician’s personality or trusting that they will do a good job running the country.       

 

Alex said:

“It doesn’t matter who you vote for, as long as you vote.”   

 

Register to vote by 11:59pm on Tuesday, 18th June 2024.      

 

 

 

Support with voting:    

Polling stations have support for people with learning disabilities and autism.  

You can ask for help from polling staff or bring someone with you to help. You can also use tools, including large print ballot papers and tactile voting devices. 

Your Support Worker can help you to vote. Here is a guide for Support Workers: Supporting someone to vote 

To learn how to register, what to expect on voting day, and how to get the support you need, click here: www.mirus-wales.org.uk/latest-news/voting/      

 

 

For more information and media enquiries, contact:    

annikal@mirus-wales.org.uk    

tallulah.suleman@mirus-wales.org.uk   

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