Everyone should be able to register and cast their vote without facing barriers. We attempt to make all our polling stations wheelchair accessible and can provide ramps where necessary.
We will also take all reasonable steps to support voters with disabilities to improve the range and quality of support.
Some of the ways we do this is:
- Adapted level polling booth for wheelchair users.
- Large print versions of ballot papers to view.
- Tactile Voting Device, to enable blind voters to mark their ballot papers independently.
- Ballot Paper Magnifier, to enable an elector to magnify any part of the ballot paper.
- Pencil grips to attach to pens or pencils when marking the ballot paper.
- Friendly and helpful polling station staff who will make reasonable adjustments where possible.
- A seat for your use if needed.
- Additional signage may also be used to provide clear directions outside and / or inside the building.
- Providing disabled parking where possible.
- Adequate lighting in and outside of the station.
Further support in the polling station
- If you are a voter with a disability or require additional support to complete a ballot paper on your own, you can take a friend or relative to the polling station to help you. They must be aged 18 or over.
- You can also ask the Presiding Officer for assistance, if needed. This includes asking the Presiding Officer to mark the ballot paper for you. The Presiding Officer will need to complete a form to record they have assisted you to vote.
- You may use any specialist devices or Apps in the polling station that assist you to cast your vote independently. For example, speech apps, torch video magnifiers to assist you reading the ballot paper.
- You can bring you own pencil or pen if you would prefer.
Ways to vote
If you don’t want to go to the polling station to vote, you can vote by post or vote by proxy (this is where you nominate someone to vote on your behalf at your polling station).
Guidance and application forms for postal voting and proxy voting are available to download from the Electoral Commission website or by contacting Electoral Services on 01352 702412.
Requesting additional support
If you are a disabled voter and require additional support which is not listed, you can contact us to see how else we can help.
Please contact us either via email firstname.lastname@example.org or via phone on 01352 702412 to request any additional support.
Further information for disabled voters
Mencap have guides to voting to help people with a learning disability better understand voting and politics.
Gov.uk has information to help people with a learning disability (PWLD) and their support workers to understand what voting is, why it is so important, and how you can vote.
United Response is a national disability charity and they have produced specific information on the voting process.
Speak Up is an organisation who supports and empowers people with learning difficulties, disabilities and mental health problems to speak up for themselves. They have provided a website aimed at raising awareness by supporting and encouraging people with learning disabilities to have a better understanding of the voting process, to become active citizens and to register to vote.
The Royal National Institute of Blind People (RNIB) offer help and support for blind and partially sighted people.