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People with intellectual disabilities voted in the European elections

Around 250,000 people with intellectual disabilities from the European Union

voted for the first time at the European Parliament election in May 2019.

It is not always easy for person with intellectual disabilities

to understand all written information.

Persons with intellectual disabilities need support and

information that is easy to read.

If they get information that is easy to understand,

they can decide what they want and vote.

The European Union is a group of 28 countries from Europe.

The European Parliament make laws

for all people of the European Union.

Laws are rules all people must follow.

Around 100,000 people with intellectual disabilities voted for the first time at the European Parliament election in Spain.

Around 80,000 people with intellectual disabilities voted for the first time at the European Parliament election in Germany.

Around 65,000 people with intellectual disabilities voted for the first time at the European Parliament election in France.

To vote, people with intellectual disabilities have now part of their legal capacity.

Legal capacity means that

people with intellectual disabilities can decide what they want for themselves.

But 500,000 people with intellectual disabilities from the European Union did not vote.

Because in 5 countries of the European Union

people with intellectual disabilities have no right to vote.

Rights are things you can and cannot do.

People with intellectual disabilities did not vote in 10 countries

because a judge or a guardian decide if they can vote.

These countries have to change the laws.

People with intellectual disabilities want to vote like everybody

So they should have the right to vote.