Voting and Elections in the North East

In 2024, there will be lots of opportunities for people to vote. We want to make sure that people with a learning disability and autistic people have good access to information and support so that they understand what the different elections are and can vote if they want to.

The different elections happening in 2024

The areas that will hold local Council elections in 2024 are Hartlepool, Gateshead, Newcastle, North Tyneside, South Tyneside and Sunderland.

All areas will be involved in elections for Police and Crime Commissioners to cover the Northumbria Police, Durham Constabulary and Cleveland Police policing areas.

People living in Darlington, Hartlepool, Middlesbrough, Redcar and Cleveland and Stockton will be able to vote in the Tees Valley Combined Authority Mayoral elections.

People living in Durham, Northumberland, Gateshead, Newcastle, North Tyneside, South Tyneside and Sunderland will be able to vote in the North East Mayoral Combined Authority elections.

These will all take place on 2nd May 2024.

Everyone will be able to take part in a General Election, which must be held by 28th January 2025.

 

Campaigns to support people with a learning disability and autistic people to use their vote if they want to.

Inclusion North are working with lots of different organisations to make sure that everyone knows how to vote.

·         My Vote, My Voice – find their website here 

·         Difference North East – find their website here 

·         Learning Disability England – find their voting resources here

·         Skills for People and Independent Voices – Easy Read guides here

 

More information

Watch this short news report by Ruben Reuter, asking why people with a learning disability were not part of an advert to get people to vote Learning disabled people excluded from voter registration ad but why? Channel 4 News

Resources

You must register to vote by midnight on 16th April 2024. Here is the Government’s Easy Read guide on how to register to vote (Easy-Read-Guide-to-Registering-to-Vote.pdf publishing.service.gov.uk 

You need photo identification (known as ID) to vote now. The deadline to register for ID is 5pm on Wednesday 24th April. Find information here (How to apply for a Voter Authority Certificate Easy Read  publishing.service.gov.uk