This year marks 100 years of some women having the right to vote in national elections in Britain, but sadly it’s still the case that women with sight loss are not always able to vote in secret, or on their own.
A contributor to the Turned Out report said: “I don’t know if the member of staff placed the cross in the correct box or even if she placed my vote in the ballot box. I didn’t like having to tell a stranger who I was voting for.”
She said: “It’s fantastic that we are celebrating the centenary, but obviously for us to be a fully inclusive society we need to ensure that voting is accessible.
“Why can’t we vote electronically? Or why can’t we have some sort of electronic device that somebody could potentially use? Why can’t we have our voting papers in large print or in braille? It’s pretty basic stuff.”