General election 2019: Make sure your voice is heard
27 November 2019
A General Election is happening on Thursday 12 December. Find out how you can vote in this blog.
It’s important that the voices of disabled people are heard in this election. Voting, as well as taking part in election events in your local area, gives you the chance to tell politicians what’s important to you and what you would like to see them do.
All polling stations should be wheelchair accessible and support disabled voters. If you need to use a disabled parking space, these should be clearly visible and monitored throughout the day.
There are lots of ways you can be supported to cast your vote inside a polling station:
• If you cannot mark your ballot paper, members of staff called Presiding Officers may mark your ballot paper for you. You may also attend the polling station with someone who you would like to mark your ballot paper on your behalf.
• Polling stations should provide tactile voting devices. The tactile voting device attaches on top of your ballot paper. It has numbered flaps (the numbers are raised and are in braille) directly over the boxes where you mark your vote.
• Polling stations should provide large print versions of ballot papers.
Polling stations should be accessible for everyone wishing to vote. If for whatever reason your local polling station isn’t accessible, Presiding Officers should provide you with a ballot paper and allow you to vote outside of the polling station.
Find out more information about what happens at polling stations. If you visit a polling station and find it inaccessible, you can complain to your local authority.
27 November 2019