Voting and elections

The right to vote independently, and in secret, is a cornerstone of our democracy. Yet blind and partially sighted people continue to face unacceptable barriers to exercising their democratic right to vote.

Our latest report, Turned Out 2017, reveals that only one in four blind and partially sighted voters felt the current system let them vote independently and in secret. 

Turned Out 2017

Turned Out 2017 is based on a survey that asked blind and partially sighted people about their voting experiences in the General Election 2017. Over 400 blind and partially sighted voters completed the survey. 

Read the report:

Turned Out 2017 is part of our ongoing research in to the accessibility of voting for blind and partially sighted people, read the 2015 and 2016 reports here.

Voting - your rights

By law, local authorities must:
1. Ensure that every polling station has the correct tactile voting templates and large print ballot papers and that staff know how to use these 
2. Ensure that the tactile voting templates correctly fit the ballot papers and that the large print versions of the ballot paper are readily available for voters to use, not displayed as posters 
 
Find out more about your rights and how you can vote

Accessible information campaign news

Find out what we're doing on our accessible information campaign. We campaign to ensure that people with sight loss receive information in a format they can read from their service providers and public authorities.

Check out the latest accessible information campaign news