With less than 100 days to go until the General Election, Rachel has this week written to Tom Riordan, the chief Electoral Office of Leeds City Council to ask what steps are being taken to ensure disabled voters are able to participate in the general election and exercise their right to vote.
Local authorities have duty to ensure polling stations don’t disadvantage disabled voters. A range of measures is also available to support disabled voters, including large print versions of ballot papers and tactile voting devices. Election staff should be properly trained to meet the needs of disabled voters
Rachel has asked Leeds City Council for a report on access to polling stations in the Leeds West constituency and what steps are being taken to inform disabled people of the different ways they can exercise their vote.
“Ensuring disabled people are able to exercise their vote is an essential part of a healthy democracy and fundamental to their rights. The Electoral Commission has issued guidance on making registration and voting accessible to disabled people. I’ve written to Leeds City Council to ask for assurance that every disabled voter in the Leeds West constituency will be able to get to a polling station and get the assistance they need if they want to vote in person, and to have information about alternative voting methods, such as by proxy or post.
“While National Voter Registration Day took place last week, there was a fantastic push to make sure people registered and I know that there is a lot more still to do. If you want to register, or check whether you’re on the register, contact Leeds Electoral Office on 0113 222 4411”