The European elections in May are our topic of the year 2019!
We are talking about how to make voting accessible for people with intellectual disabilities and family members – and why it is important to vote!
Every month we interview one of our “Voting champions”: People who are active in reclaiming the right to vote, who talk to politicians about voting accessibility and who encourage others to cast their ballot.
Our Voting Champions in April is Carmen Piquer of “Som Fundació”.
Did you ever have the right to vote?
I was never allowed to vote. When I was 18 years old, I was put under guardianship. This decision meant that I was deprived of my right to vote.
When did you decide you wanted to get your right to vote back?
I did not feel like a citizen equal to others because I was not allowed to vote. I felt like I was second class. Then I decided to fight! Som – Fundació helped me to get my right to vote back.