Yesterday the British parliament decided that there will be a general election on the 12th of December 2019.

A general election is when everyone in the country votes for the political party that they want to run the country for the next few years. 

In Britain we do this by voting for a local MP (member pf parliament) and then the political party that has the most MPs forms the government. 

Every adult in the UK has a right to vote and it is a very important to get your voice heard in national politics. 

It is especially important for people with learning disabilities because decisions on things like the NHS and benefits system affect the lives of people with learning disabilities. 

In 2015, Mencap found that 70% of people with a learning disability said they want to vote in the future, yet, of those surveyed, 64% didn’t vote in the recent local elections. 

To change this, it is important that people with learning disabilities register to vote. 

To vote in this general election you must be registered by at least Tuesday 26 November.


How to Register to vote

You can register to vote either online or by post.

You can get a friend, family member or supporter to help you register to vote if you want.

To register online you need to fill in an online form here. 

To fill in this form you will need to know your national insurance number, the addresses of where you have lived in the last 2 years and information about you such as name and date of birth.

There is a complete easy read guide to filling in this form available here.


To register by post, you need to print off and fill in an electoral registration form. 

You can find this form here.

To fill in this form you will need to know your national insurance number, the addresses of where you have lived in the last 2 years and information about you such as name and date of birth.

You then need to post this form to your local electoral registration office. 

For people living in Oxford, this is the Oxford city council.

Their address is: 

Oxford City Council, St Aldate's Chambers, 109 St Aldate's, Oxford, OX1 1DS

If you do not live in Oxford you can find your local electoral office here


If you need support registering to vote either online or by post, you can contact your local electoral office. 

For example, in Oxford, you could call 01865 249811 or email: [email protected]


Registering to vote is very important and only takes about 5 minutes, so please register to vote today!

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