People with disabilities
We have tried to make all our polling stations accessible for electors using a wheelchair. We install temporary ramping if necessary. We have over 50 different buildings for polling, and in some areas there is no choice of what we can use, so some polling stations are harder to use than others. We last reviewed all our polling stations in 2011. We have to complete a full review of all our polling stations at least every four years.
Inside the polling station are large print versions of the ballot paper. There is always at least one polling booth which is wider and with a lower shelf than the normal booths. Voters with a sight impairment can use a special device, which when placed on the ballot paper lets you mark your own vote.
Any voter who has a sight impairment or other physical disability, or who is unable to read, can ask the presiding officer in the polling station to allow a companion to help them. The companion must be a close relative over 18 or a person who is entitled to vote at the election. The presiding officer can help if you do not have a companion. Everyone has to follow a legal requirement to maintain the secrecy of the elector's vote.