All voters should be able to register and cast their vote without barriers. The Elections Act 2022 introduces changes to assist voters with disabilities at polling stations.
Voters with disabilities will be able to choose anyone who is over 18 to accompany them in the polling station to help them vote. They can also ask the person in charge of the polling station, known as the Presiding Officer, to help them fill in their ballot paper. The Presiding Officer is legally bound by the Requirements for Secrecy and the vote will remain secret.
We will also make all reasonable adjustments to support voters with disabilities to improve the range and quality of support.
Information for voters
To help voters understand the voting process and how to mark their ballot paper, we provide the following information at each polling station:
Our polling stations have wheelchair access. The ramped access may not be through the main door, but it will be clearly signposted.
Each polling station has a polling booth suitable for use by wheelchair users.
Voting aids for visually impaired or blind people
Support within the polling station
Every polling station will have the following equipment and support in place:
In addition to this, the Returning Officer also allows voters with disabilities to use any text-to-speech apps, torch or magnifier that they have on their phone to assist them with reading their ballot paper. Voters using one of these apps should inform the polling station staff.
To request a reasonable adjustment at a polling station in advance of an election you can email firstname.lastname@example.org or phone 01502 523251, the Returning Officer will consider the request and respond to you.
If you do not want to go to the polling station to vote, you can vote by post or proxy. Voters with a disability can have a permanent proxy vote.