Everything is ready for the most inclusive elections in Spain

Last Sunday, a mock election organized by Plena Inclusión Madrid took place in Madrid, at which Repsol volunteers participated so that in the next elections people with disabilities will be able to exercise their right to vote.
Mock election ballot papers

Close to 300 people on Sunday, 24th February, met at IES Juan de la Cierva in Madrid to hold the most inclusive mock elections in Spain, at an event organized by Plena Inclusión Madrid.

The objective of this activity, supported by Fundación Repsol, was that people with intellectual disabilities, who will vote for the first time in the April and May elections thanks to the modification of the The Organic Law of General Electoral Regime, could carry out a practical exercise.

Citizens came to exercise their right to vote at the school, where they could also see people with intellectual disabilities forming part of polling stations, in order to also value their duties as citizens with equal rights.

The Repsol volunteers collaborated as members of the ballot tables, and helpers, contributing to the participant's familiarisation of how elections work, also collaborating in finding possible difficulties they may face at the coming local, regional, and European elections in May.

From the mock elections, some lessons were learned about obligations when exercising the right to vote (like carrying valid ID), as well as the need for information to be accessible. Finally, A Practical Guide to Voting for the 26th May elections, 2019, carried out by Plena Inclusión and the Community of Madrid, was handed out to all the participants.

The mock elections were attended by political party representatives of the Community of Madrid and representatives of associations related to disability. All of them highlighted its success, with a high participation and many lessons learned.