The Government has improved the design and accessibility of ballot papers and forms at elections and referendums. This involved public user-testing of the revised voting forms, including the ballot paper, poll cards and postal voting statements. The work took into account the findings in the Electoral Commission’s “Making your mark” report and made improvements to forms which voters use in order to make voting as accessible as possible.
People who have visual impairments are further supported to vote independently through each polling station being equipped with a tactile voting device and the availability of large print copies of the ballot paper. Through the work its expert Accessibility of Elections Working Group, which includes the Royal National Institute of Blind People, the Government continues to consider how the voting experience of blind and visually impaired people can be further improved.
A change has also been made to the Certificate of Visual Impairment in England by the Department of Health to allow local authorities, when registering people for the certificate, to expressly signpost them to the local authority electoral services team for support. This has been facilitated through an amendment to care and support statutory guidance.