Why people with intellectual disabilities should get the right to vote – ETR

In some countries people under guardianship are not allowed to vote. Here are 5 reasons why this is wrong.

Why people with intellectual disabilities should get the right to vote

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In many European countries now
people under guardianship can vote.

For example, people under guardianship can now vote in:

  • Denmark
  • France
  • Germany
  • Spain.

But there are still many countries
where people under guardianship
cannot vote.

This is wrong!
Find out why:

People with intellectual disabilities
can make their own decisions

People with no intellectual disabilities
have the rights to make decisions
and they don’t need to explain them.

Even if they make the wrong decision.

People with intellectual disabilities
should have the same right.

And we should give them support.

We can support people with intellectual disabilities
in making their own decisions

People with intellectual disabilities
have the right to be supported
so they can be independent.

This also means:

support them when they vote.

Everyone’s decisions are influenced
when we vote

Being influenced means
that someone tells you something
and you believe them.

Then you will do what they say,
because you think they are right.

This is part of politics.
Everyone must be careful
to not be influenced by bad people.

But this is a problem for all people.

Not just for people with intellectual disabilities.

Some people with intellectual disabilities
are very interested in politics

People with intellectual disabilities
are like everyone else.

Some of them don’t care about politics.
Others want to be elected as a politician.

The right to vote is a right for everyone.

You should have that right
even if you are not interested in politics.

Taking the right to vote away
from people with intellectual disabilities
is discrimination

The UN CRPD says
that people with intellectual disabilities
should be part of politics
like everybody else.

Voting and being elected
are part of this.

All EU Countries
have signed the UN CRPD.
The Council of Europe Commissioner for Human rights
has also agreed with it.

Not letting people with intellectual disabilities vote
is discrimination.

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