Campaigns and activities
The provisions of the Representation of the People Act 2000 included statutory requirement to make voting more accessible. Local authorities have to ensure that polling stations don't disadvantage disabled people. By law, every polling station must display a large print copy of the ballot paper for reference. They must also provide a reference copy for you to take into the booth with you. You must still cast your vote on a standard print ballot paper. Each polling station must provide a tactile device. The tactile voting device has a sticky backing, which attaches on top of the ballot paper. It has numbered lift up flaps (the numbers are raised and in braille) directly over the boxes where you make your mark. The candidates are in alphabetical order. You will need to remember the number of the candidate you wish to vote for. Then lift the flap with the same number and mark your cross (X) in the box. You can then detach the tactile device and fold your ballot paper in half before posting it in the ballot box.
Displaying a large print version of the ballot paper for reference
Provide a hand-held copy of the ballot paper to take into the polling station for reference
Providing a tactile voting device (this attaches to the ballot paper and usually includes lift up flaps above the boxes)
Allowing a companion or Presiding Officer to mark the ballot paper
Allowing postal votes on demand
Disabled voters can request the assistance of polling station staff. They can help guide people between the entrance, desk, polling booth and ballot box. They can also vote on your behalf. If you prefer you may bring a companion with you who can do the same. This person must be an immediate family member over 18 years old or a 'qualified elector' - which means someone who is legally able to vote in a UK election.
People can also choose to vote by proxy or by post.
The UK VI sector sits under the umbrella of Vision2020UK. The following are members.
14. Deafblind UK
16. Fight for Sight
18. Guide Dogs
Advocacy, campaigning, information gathering.