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In late May, UK Prime Minister Rishi Sunak announced that a General Election would take place on Thursday 4 July 2024.

Accessible General Election – BSL

No matter who you are or what your background is, voting is important. You have the opportunity to raise your opinion and say who you want to run the country.

There shouldn’t be any barriers to voting, but sadly sometimes there are. For many deaf people, BSL is our first language and it is vital that we have access to important information in our preferred language.

We want General Election 2024 to be accessible for all. We have already written to the Conservatives, Labour and Liberal Democrats, asking them to make BSL versions of their manifestos.

We are also calling for all future General Election debates and interviews with party leaders to be BSL accessible. It is vital that the deaf community are able to make informed political choices.

Understanding where candidates stand on important health issues such as funding for the NHS, mental health services, public health initiatives, and healthcare accessibility allows voters to choose parties that align with their health priorities and needs.

What do we want?

SignHealth are asking all political candidates to consider the key health issues affecting the deaf community – notably NHS accessibility and mental health.

What would you tell the next Prime Minister about the issues deaf people face?

How do I vote?

The General Election takes place on Thursday 4 July. But that doesn’t mean you can just forget about it until then!

We think it is SO important for everyone in the deaf community to vote. Voting can make a difference!

Key dates

You need to register to vote before Tuesday 18 June at 11:59pm: gov.uk/register-to-vote.
A BSL video from the Electoral Commission explains more.

If you want to vote by post, you can do so by 5pm on Wednesday 19 June: gov.uk/apply-postal-vote

And on Wednesday 26 June at 5pm there are two deadlines: