National Assembly for Wales Election 5 May
This page is for our members and readers gathering
together information, news and events. Including:
- National Assembly for Wales and Electoral Commission
about registering to vote and voting.
- Organisations including Learning Disability Wales, All
Wales People First, Mencap Cymru, Wales Council for Voluntary
Action, Dimensions and Welsh NHS Confederation.
This page will be updated weekly with information from early
March to 5 May 2016.
We hope this is helpful to organisations and people with a
learning disability to help with registering to vote, how to vote
and deciding who to vote for.
Easy Read versions of party manifestos
The following political parties have made their manifestos
available in Easy Read:
Welsh Labour, Welsh Conservatives and UKIP Wales have not
produced Easy Read versions of their manifesto.
National Assembly for Wales
A new microsite was launched in Februrary: www.2016.wales and www.2016.cymru. The website has
information and two videos.
They have produced a series of leaflets called who we are and
what we do, how to vote, what are we voting for on 5 May 2016, the
voting system explained and how to register to vote.
If you want to tweet the hashtag is #Wales2016
Easy Read Guide to voting in the
National Assembly Election.
Electoral Commission have a
useful website which tells you about registering to vote and
voting. We are partnering with Electoral Commission to raise
awareness about voting and the election. You can see who the
partners are here.
The deadline to register to vote is 18 April 2016. You can vote
Information about how to
They are sending a booklet to all households in the first week
of April about registering to vote. An easy read version will be
made available on request.
Mencap have produced a very useful easy read guide called 'Easy read guide to voting
and registering to vote', Cabinet Office and Mencap, 2015. This
guide is a general guide about voting, and therefore not specific
to the National Assembly Election. However it contains some really
Learning Disability Wales and Dimensions
We will be holding an Ask Your Question debate
in partnership with Dimensions. We are arranging
this for Wednesday 20 April in Newport. At this event we hope
to have a panel of representatives from the four main parties
currently represented in the Assembly.
Dimensions have produced a one page factsheet on Supporting People to Vote.
All Wales People First
All Wales People First launched their manifesto on 23 February.
This sets out what people with a learning disability want from
Welsh Government to help them become full and active citizens.
Mencap Cymru have held workshops in Carmarthen
and Blaenau Gwent to encourage people with a learning disability to
vote. This is part of their Hear my Voice campaign, that aims to
ensure the next Welsh Government addresses the discrimination faced
by people with a learning disability and their families by
supporting them to make their voices heard.
Mencap's voting survey results
Mencap Cymru surveyed 240 people with a learning disability in
Wales between 6 January and 4 February 2016. It revealed that
people with a learning disability are among those least likely to
vote in the upcoming National Assembly for Wales
Q: Did you vote in the 2015 UK General Election? (240
Yes No Don't
98 113 29
Q: Did you vote in the 2011 National Assembly for Wales
election? (240 answered)
Yes No Don't
48 141 51
Q: Are you registered to vote in the 2016 National Assembly for
Wales election? (239 answered)
Yes No Don't
Wales Council for Voluntary Action
WCVA have an Assembly Election 2016 resource page. This has links to
14 organisation's manifestos.