Inclusion Heroes: Why is voting important to you?

In 2018, we talked to self-advocates and other people who have brought inclusion forward in Europe. With the European elections around the corner, we asked them why voting is important to them.

Our Inclusion Heroes talk about why voting is important to them
In 2018, we talked to self-advocates and other people who have brought inclusion forward in Europe.
With the European elections around the corner, we asked them why voting is important to them.
Read here their answers:

Elisabeta Moldovan:

For me it is very important to vote because I want to change the mentality of the people working in government. The vote is very important for all people with disabilities because everybody can speak for themselves.

Aimée Richardson:

Voting makes my voice heard in Europe!
People with Intellectual Disabilities have a right to an EQUAL SAY!

Gerhard Furtner:

Weil wir nur miteinander weiterhin den Frieden und den Wohlstand in Europa erhalten können!

Because it is only together that we can keep peace and prosperity in Europe!

Sami Helle:

If you don’t vote, your voice doesn’t get heard. If you don’t vote, you can’t talk about issues that are important to you. Voting is critical for the future.

There are the candidates who are doing a good job for the people. If there aren’t enough people voting for these candidates, Finland doesn’t get better. And there are a lot of issues in Finland. There are people I don’t agree with. I think they are wrong.

I am myself a candidate for the national elections in April. It is my second election, I already was a candidate for the communal elections in 2017.

And I’m proud to run for election. When I was a little kid I started to be interested in politics. I’m proud that I am a part of a party. I try to get myself into it, try to get elected. That’s the whole idea of why I’m a candidate.

For me it’s a little bit more work. I have to be there and talk to a lot of people, I am in the streets. We are four candidates, we meet many people to get the votes. To me, it’s fun.

Sometimes I have to hold a baby in my arms.. it’s nice. Somedays I have to be away from my daily work… but that’s okay for me because I really like it.

Fina Burgos:

Para mí es importante votar porque puedo decidir a qué partido darle mi voto y que se respete mi decisión.

For me it is important to vote because I can decide which party to vote for and my decision is respected.

Maribel Cáceres:

Voting is a way of expressing my opinion, to choose the candidate who should represent me.

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