Citizen Network believes that everyone should get involved and work to make their communities the best that they can be.
One important way we can accomplish this is if we vote.
Everyone should vote – everyone’s voice matters.
- Everyone should register to vote if they can.
- We should work to make sure voting is accessible as possible.
- People with disabilities, especially people with intellectual disabilities – who are often excluded.
- People who live and work in a community, but who may have a passport from a different country.
- People who may only live in the community some of they year, but play an important part in the community, like the Roma community.
- People who have been forced out of their community and have had to flee to live somewhere else.
Examples of interesting campaigns, useful resources and ideas:
Inclusion Europe: #ThisTimeWeAreVoting Campaign
ENIL: Elections Toolkit
Easy-Read-Online: Information Sheet on Local Elections (England)
Self Advocates Becoming Empowered (SABE) USA: GoVoter project
Council for Intellectual Disability (CID) New South Wales, Australia: NSW election 2019 – how political parties can support people with intellectual disability and the film: How to Vote
Disability Rights UK: The EnAble Fund for Elected Office
Mencap: Election Campaign
My Life My Choice: Register to Vote - UK General Election 2019
Nadia Clarke: Meeting the Politicians
Norway: I want to vote!
Scotland: Learning Disability Alliance Scotland
Challenging unfair rules:
USA: Matt Rothschild: Disability Rights and Democracy
Bigger constitutional changes:
Citizen Network supports the campaign for Constitutional Reform in the UK, which aims to shift power closer to people and to increase democratic involvement at every level.