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Why Every Vote Counts

United Response

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With the today being the last day to register to vote, David Allkins, political correspondent for the Every Vote Counts campaign, reminds people with learning disabilities that ‘If you need to rely on the state, then you should have a say in who runs it.’  

Today is the last day for people to register to vote in order to take part in the coming General Election.  Campaigning for the General Election is now in full swing with battle buses, TV debates and politicians hitting the streets.

National disability charity, United Response supports people with learning disabilities, mental health needs and physical disabilities.  As a charity, they are committed to creating a society where disabled people are equal participants and have access to the same rights and opportunities as everyone else.  In order to achieve this aim, they created the Every Vote Counts campaign which makes it easier for people we support to vote and take part in politics.  A vital part of the Every Vote Counts campaign is Political Correspondent, David Allkins.

David is 37 years old, has Asperger’s syndrome and communications difficulties and lives in Newquay.  He is passionate about politics and current affairs.  David has worked as an UR Consultant, creating accessible documents from United Response’s Truro office since September 2013.  David is part of the team that helps create award-winning accessible Easy News magazine.  David has also been employed as Political Correspondent for the Every Vote Counts campaign since January.   In his role as Political Correspondent, David has created a series of seven video reports, so far featuring politicians, Returning Officers, people with learning disabilities and the general public to help engage more people in politics.  David’s reports can be viewed on his dedicated You Tube channel.