Voting rights – ETR

Many people with intellectual disabilities and their families cannot take part in society.

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People with聽intellectual disabilitiesmust be treated聽

as equal citizens.聽

For聽thisreason, it聽is very important that they聽canvote

and make their voices聽heard.聽

L谩szl贸聽Bercse聽is the new vice-president of聽Inclusion Europe.

L谩szl贸聽believes that voting is a聽right,

because it聽allows people聽

to make their voices heard.

Some people with intellectual disabilities

are not allowed to vote.

That聽makes them feel different

from other people.聽

When people with intellectual disabilities are not allowed to vote,

this is because they are under聽guardianship.

Sometimes if they want their right to vote,

people under guardianship聽

need to聽talk to a judge first.

There they have answer some questions

on聽politics and other topics.

This is not right.

Other people do not need to this
so聽they can vote.

There聽have beenimprovements in countries like:

  • Denmark
  • France
  • Germany
  • Spain

In these countries, people聽under guardianship
are now allowed to vote.

But聽in many European countries,

many聽people with intellectual disabilities

still donot have the right to vote.

This聽is against

the UN Convention on the Rights of People with Disabilities聽


The UN CRPD says that people with disabilities

should聽be able to聽participate in聽politics.聽

This means that they should get:

  • the right to vote
  • the right to聽standfor election

Inclusion Europe聽agrees聽that everyone should have

the right to vote.聽

Inclusion Europe also thinks that聽
no one should be put under guardianship.

Some people with intellectual disabilities

will need聽support in order to vote.

They聽might need:

when choosing聽who聽to vote for

in the聽polling聽stations

Information in聽easy-to-read聽language

and personal assistance in the聽voting booth

would make voting聽more accessible

for people with intellectual disabilities.聽

Read more about our聽elections campaign
for聽the聽European elections聽2019

Our work brings the voice of people with intellectual disabilities and their families where decisions about their future are made.

This has always been incredibly important. It is even more so with the Covid pandemic drastic impact on their rights and lives.

Being visible and vocal on issues directly affecting millions of people requires your support.聽

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