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.
Read more about our research into the voting experiences of blind and partially sighted people, what blind and partially sighted voters need to know, and how MPs can make sure their services are accessible for people with sight loss. You can also ask your MP to sign up to support our work.
Voting experiences – general election 2019
Our latest survey found despite current voting provisions being declared unlawful in May 2019:
Just over one in ten blind voters and less than half of partially sighted voters could vote independently and in secret in the 2019 general election
Less than half of blind and partially sighted people are satisfied with their experience of voting
And more than half of blind people were unable to read any information about the election from local councils, including poll cards.
The incidence of sight loss is increasing, making you more likely than ever to meet a blind or partially sighted constituent. We've developed some top tips to support you in your understanding of your consittuents with sight loss to make surer you give them an accessible experience, such as:
If you’re not sure what support a constituent may need, ask them how you can best help
Pictures and printed text don’t work for everyone. Remember to offer alternatives in your communications
Having the support of MPs ensures that the interests of blind and partially sighted people are represented in Parliament. That's why we are asking MPs to become RNIB Champions, to show their support for our mission to remove the barriers that blind and partially sighted people face everyday.
Use our interactive map to find out if your MP has become an RNIB Champion. Just click on the image and it will take you to the interactive map. Alternatively, you can read the map data in an accessible word version.