Electors with a disability

We try our best to ensure that all members of our community are correctly registered and can exercise their full democratic rights.

Electoral Registration and Election process Equality Impact Needs Assessment(pdf, 86KB)

Electoral materials

Electoral materials are prescribed in law. However, if you wish to receive general information about registration or elections in a different format such as Braille, large print, on audiotape, or in a community language, please contact us.

Voting

We try to make the voting process as easy as possible for everyone and are committed to ensuring all our polling stations are accessible. Electoral Services provide special facilities to help voters with disabilities:

  • All polling stations are wheelchair accessible (special ramps are provided if needed).
  • All polling stations have booths adapted for wheelchair users.
  • Large print versions of ballot papers are available in every polling station.
  • Special aids are provided to enable visually impaired voters to mark their ballot papers without assistance.
  • If disability prevents you from being able to complete a ballot paper on your own, the Presiding Officer is there to assist you, or you can take a friend or relative to the polling station to help you.

If you don't want to go to the polling station to vote, please remember that all voters are entitled to vote by post (and proxy if they apply for each election), and voters with disabilities are also allowed to apply for a long term proxy.

Useful links

United Response

United Response is a national disability charity that has produced specific information on the voting process. See www.everyvotecounts.org.uk.

Speaking Up

Speaking Up is an organisation that supports and empowers people with learning difficulties, disabilities and mental health problems to speak up for themselves. It has 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. See www.promotethevote.co.uk.

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Updated: 19 August 2015