National Assembly for Wales Election: News, information and events

National Assembly for Wales Election 5 May 2016.

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:

Wales Green Party

Plaid Cymru

Welsh Liberal Democrats

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

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 here

Information about how to vote

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 useful information.

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

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 election. 

Q: Did you vote in the 2015 UK General Election? (240 answered)

          Yes    No      Don't Know

          98      113     29

Q: Did you vote in the 2011 National Assembly for Wales election? (240 answered)

          Yes    No      Don't know

          48      141     51

Q: Are you registered to vote in the 2016 National Assembly for Wales election? (239 answered)

          Yes    No      Don't know

          84      59      96

Wales Council for Voluntary Action

WCVA have an Assembly Election 2016 resource page. This has links to 14 organisation's manifestos.