Survey results in on access to elections

Post date: 
Friday, 15 August 2014
Category: 
Campaigning
Accessible information
In May this year we ran a short survey to find out the experiences of blind and partially sighted people when voting in the European and local elections. Although this survey is just a snap shot of the experiences of 82 people, it does back up what we have heard anecdotally from our campaigners.
 
Shockingly two thirds of blind and partially sighted respondents had to give up their right to vote in secret. The survey also shows that information from councils and political parties is just not accessible for blind and partially sighted people. Even when accessible information is requested there is little evidence it is provided.
 
Read a summary of our voting survey findings (Word, 168KB)
 
The full report will follow shortly!
 
What happens next?
 
We are sharing our findings with the Cabinet Office and Electoral Commission and developing an accessible voting manifesto which sets out what we want to see improved. 
 
For more information contact campaign@rnib.org.uk