About 100,000 people with intellectual disabilities can vote in the next general election

The Official Gazette of the State (BOE) published this Thursday the organic law amending the organic law of the general electoral system ( Lorec ), which will allow all persons with disabilities, without exclusions, to exercise the right to vote after this Friday, when the change enters into force.

There are almost 100,000 citizens who are deprived of the right to vote because they have some kind of intellectual disability, mental illness or cognitive impairment, which has been judged incapable of trial, so that until now it has not made them able to vote and be elected in suffrage.

After this legal reform, no person with a disability will be able to withdraw the right to vote in the future, active or passive, and those who were in this situation at the time of their entry into force will automatically recover without any type of management or process .

"People who had limited or canceled the right to vote due to disability are completely reinstated by the Ministry of the law," notes the additional provision published by BOE.

"It prevents me from judging a judge to vote for my friends"


With the publication of this organic law that modifies the LOREG culminates in a process of "proposal, political impact and social pressure" promoted for years by the social movement of disability, according to the Spanish Committee of Representatives of the Disabled ( CERMI ) in a declaration.

And with that, add the CERMI , was able to suppress the "democratic anomaly that supposed that over 100,000 people had been deprived in Spain of the right to vote for reasons related to disability".

The final approval of this reform took place on November 21st, when the Senate Plenary approved unanimously this reform which, in the words of the senators, implies a "new conquest" in the rights of persons with disabilities who are not " can stay here "because there is a long way to go to achieve the full social inclusion of this group.

These 100,000 people with intellectual disabilities could not vote in the Andalusian elections last Sunday, but they will be able to do so in the upcoming 2019 elections.

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