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

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.

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. 

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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 the General Election on Thursday 12 December 2019.

We have produced a PDF easy read guide to support people with a learning disability to register and vote, in partnership with the NI Electoral Commission, which tells you everything you need to know about registering to vote and voting itself. 

Remember you must register to vote before you can vote. The deadline to register to vote is Tuesday 26 November 2019.

If you would like more information or have any questions you can email campaigns@mencap.org.uk or phone 0207 696 6009.

Text reading "2019 easy read guide to voting in the General Election in Northern Ireland"

Easy read guide to voting

Along with the NI Electoral Commission, we have created an easy read guide to voting in the 2019 general election.

Download PDF

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