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Have your say in the local elections on 3 May

The last day to register to vote is on 17 April 2018.

Mental health patients, including those, detained under the Mental Health Act, have the same right to vote as the general population. The film features the viewpoints of existing patients and staff, highlighting the need for better advice and support about who can and cannot vote.

This means that in local elections citizens of EU countries other than the UK, the Republic of Ireland, Cyprus and Malta can vote at local government elections, Scottish Parliamentary elections if they are registered in Scotland, National Assembly for Wales elections if they are registered in Wales and Greater London Authority elections if they are registered in London.

However, they remain one of the most disenfranchised groups. A lack of information and understanding knowledge of their eligibility to vote or of the registration process led to voting turnout being as low as 14% in 2010- a quarter of the turnout of the general population.

A film to increase awareness of the voting rights of mental health patients is available on the CNWL website.