Statement regarding High Court ruling on Government arrangements for visually impaired voters

Post date: 
Friday, 3 May 2019

Richard Holmes, Public Affairs Manager at RNIB, said: “We welcome the Judge’s decision to find in favour of Rachael and to state that the use of a Tactile Voting Device in its current form does not enable blind and partially sighted people to vote independently and in secret. It is completely unacceptable that in 2019 blind and partially sighted people are still unable to vote without assistance from another person.

“For years, RNIB has consistently raised concerns about the Tactile Voting Device not being fit for purpose. We have supported Rachael with this case, providing a witness statement and sharing our detailed research into access to elections.

In today’s judgment, the High Court clearly agrees.  350,000 people registered blind or partially sighted in the UK now need a real commitment from Government that it will urgently take action to offer an alternative that will allow them to cast their vote in a truly independent and secret way in the next elections.”

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