If you have a disability and have problems when you go to a polling station to vote, we offer lots of different ways to help you.
Did you know:
- You can ask for a postal vote if you would rather not go to vote in person or have difficulty getting there. You can also apply for a proxy vote so someone can vote at a polling station on your behalf.
- You can ask the polling staff to help you cast your vote.
- You can take someone with you to help you vote.
- If you are blind, you can ask to use the "Tactile Voting Device".
- If your sight is poor, you can ask to see the "Large Print copy of the Ballot Paper".
- All our stations are accessible for disabled voters including wheelchair access, and ramps are provided as necessary. However, If you physically can’t get into the polling station, just ask the polling station staff to assist you.
We do everything we can to make our polling stations accessible. Here's some information about our polling stations and how we're making sure people with a disability can vote with ease and in comfort.
Taking someone with you
Anyone who has a disability can now take someone with them into the polling station to help them to vote. The person helping you must be aged 18 or over.
Additional equipment in polling stations
We'll have the following equipment at our polling stations to make voting easier:
- Ramps for easier access
- Brighter lighting
- Coloured overlays to help people with dyslexia to read the ballot paper
- Pencil grips
- Tactile voting devices for people with a visual impairment
- Large copies of the ballot paper
- Large magnifiers
- Wheelchair access booths
- Audio recordings of the ballot paper
- Chairs for people who cannot stand for long periods
- Information about what will happen at the polling stations, including information using British Sign Language.
- An easy read guide to voting at a polling station.
- And other equipment where possible to improve accessibility.
Voting if you have a learning disability or autism
We have created a polling station passport document to help people with learning disabilities and autism to vote. It includes advice about voting and how to ask for help at the polling station.