Your Vote Your Voice is an easy-to-read guide to voting in Ireland. The guide is written in plain English and uses a clear layout. It explains the voting process in Ireland and how any person over 18 can exercise their right to vote. Your Vote Your Voice was identified as a priority by Monaghan County Council in 2019, following the ratification of the UN Convention on the Rights of People with a Disability in 2018. With local and European elections in 2019, it was time to focus on the rights of people with a disability, particularly their right to vote.
This initiative has collated all information relating to voting in Ireland into one easy-to-read information booklet. The guide includes information on: government structures; types of elections and votes that take place; the Constitution; who can vote and why they should; registering to vote; polling cards and polling day; accessibility of polling stations; the voting process and filling out a ballot paper; getting help to fill out ballot papers; support for voters with visual impairments; the ballot box and the secret ballot; rules inside the polling station.
Project owner: Seamus Coyle, Councillor and Cathaoirleach in Monaghan County Council, Ireland
(Innovation in Politics Awards Finalist 2019)