We attempt to make all our polling stations wheelchair accessible and can provide ramps where necessary.
In addition to this:
- All polling stations have a polling booth adapted for wheelchair users
- Large print versions of ballot paper(s) are available in every polling station, along with aids to enable blind voters to mark their ballot papers without help
- If you are a Disabled voter and you need support to complete a ballot paper on your own, you can take a friend or relative to the polling station to assist you
- The Presiding Officer at the polling station can help you fill in your ballot paper
If you don’t want to go to the polling station to vote, you can vote by post, and voters with a disability can have a permanent proxy vote (this is where you nominate someone to vote on your behalf at your polling station).
Postal or Proxy voting forms
Guidance and application forms for postal (Link to an external document) and proxy (Link to an external website) voting are available to download from the Electoral Commission website (Link to an external website) or by contacting Electoral Services.
Information for Disabled voters
All voters have a right to vote independently and in secret. Local authorities in Great Britain now must take proactive steps to ensure that polling stations don’t disadvantage Disabled people.
Read more about disabled people’s voting rights (Link to an external document).
Gov.uk (Link to an external document) 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.
Your Free Voting Passport
Polling Stations should have disabled access, and staff should help make reasonable adjustments so people with disabilities can vote.
You may have to talk to polling station staff about what support you would like.
It is important to remember that everybody with a learning disability has the right to vote and so long as they can communicate who they wish to vote for, somebody can complete the ballot paper on their behalf. Our Voting Passport is useful for you to take along to the polling station that will indicate to the polling station staff what kind of assistance you would like.
To request a Free Voting Passport, please email firstname.lastname@example.org and let us know your name and where to send the Voting Passport or speak to one of the elections’ team on 01545 572032. We will then send you a free Voting Passport so that you can use when elections take place.