Elections: Visual Impairment

Cabinet Office written question – answered on 16th March 2020.

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Photo of Carla Lockhart Carla Lockhart DUP, Upper Bann

To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office, what progress the Government is making on plans to make voting more accessible for people with sight loss.

Photo of Chloe Smith Chloe Smith Assistant Whip, Minister of State (Cabinet Office)

It is right that provisions should be in place to ensure accessible, fair and secure elections so everyone who is eligible to vote can do so with confidence.The Government has been working with the Accessibility of Elections Working Group, and the Royal National Institute of Blind People (RNIB) to identify solutions to improve the accessibility of voting for people with sight loss.

This has included recent testing, in partnership with the RNIB, of potential solutions. Initial testing has been positive and we are looking to carry out further testing in due course.

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