Mencap NI are supporting people with a learning disability to to register and vote in the Assembly Elections in Northern Ireland on the 5 May 2022.

Many people with a learning disability can find it difficult to engage in their community.

So we are providing support for people to register and vote, voting is one of the most inclusive acts a person can do to be involved in society.

Along with the Electoral Commission for Northern Ireland we have created an easy read guide to registering to vote and voting in the Assembly elections on 5 May 2022 in Northern Ireland, Download Easy Read Guide to Voting.

Virtual voting experience

Many people with a learning disability can find it difficult when they are not sure what they should be doing when going to vote for the first time.

A polling station can be a very busy, noisy place with a lot of people.

We have produced this virtual reality (VR) experience so that people with a learning disability can see what it is like at a polling station, the information they need to bring and who they have to check in with to vote. 

Mencap use VR technology to support people to access their communities by replicating their environment, activity and processes so an individual can experience the opportunity before taking part. 

The aim is to reduce any anxieties or fears they may have about the activity, and increase their confidence to engage and participate. 

Mencap has developed the virtual reality experience with C60 Architects based in Belfast. 

Read our press release HERE for more information on our Support to Vote campaign.

Group of people stood outside a ploiing station

Virtual voting experience

The virtual voting experience allows you to see what it is like at a Polling Station, the information you need to bring and who you have to check in with to vote.  

Start your virtual voting experience here

Register to Vote

Mencap NI are supporting people with a learning disability in Northern Ireland to register and vote in local elections. 

You need to register to vote by midnight on Thursday 14 April 2022 to vote in the NI Assembly Elections on 5 May. 

If you do not register you may not be included on the electoral register and will not be able to vote at future elections.

An easy read document has been produced to help people to register to vote HERE

Remember you must register to vote before you can vote. 

If you would like more information or have any questions you can email campaigns.NI@mencap.org.uk or phone 028 9069 1351.

Easy read guide to voting

Easy read guide to voting

Along with the NI Electoral Commission, we have created an easy read guide to voting in the Assembly elections on 5 May 2022 in Northern Ireland.

Download Easy Read Guide to Voting

 

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