The Council and democracy Accessibility at polling stations

Voting in a polling station

All polling stations are accessible for wheelchair and mobility scooter users. Suitable ramps and elevators are available where they're needed. And every station has a wheelchair accessible polling booth.  

Inside polling stations are clear instructions on how to vote. They're given in both written and picture formats. Staff at the polling station can help. If you need support, ask a member of the team. They maintain a stress-free environment for voters.

Other types of support 

Speak to a member of staff if you need any of these:

  • A tactile voting device sticks to a ballot paper. It allows blind or partially sighted voters to mark their ballot paper (with or without help).

  • A braille or large print ballot paper for reference. 

  • A magnifier

  • Translations of the instructions on how to vote in different languages.

  • Help from a companion or the polling station’s Presiding Officer. They can join you in the polling booth and help mark your vote. We recommend asking someone you trust. Your companion and the Presiding Officer will need to sign a form before you vote. This is to keep a record of a companion going into a polling booth with a voter.   

We welcome feedback from electors on polling day – on any aspect of voting. Use the forms available in all polling stations to tell us about your experience. 

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