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Call for Evidence’ launched to help make voting more accessible
The UK Government is gathering public opinion to find out how accessible
the country’s electoral system is for persons with disabilities.
The Call for Evidence was launched online by the Cabinet Office to collect
information about direct experiences of voters with disabilities in
elections.
The document claims that responses will “help identify if current
mechanisms to support disabled people to participate in the democratic
process are sufficient,” as well as identifying good practice from the
Electoral Services Team in elections.
Questions in the Call for Evidence ask respondents detailed questions about
their experience in registering to vote and casting a vote, including what
can be done to make these processes easier for persons with disabilities.
Other sections focus on support provided to persons with disabilities at
elections, and whether any support received has been sufficient. The
document also provides a summary of the support that must be offered by law
to persons with disabilities at elections.
Responses to the Call for Evidence will help inform a report highlighting
key findings and giving recommendations for making elections more
accessible. The report will be published by the government and the
Accessibility of Elections Group in spring 2018 after responses are
reviewed by the Cabinet Office Accessibility Working Group, whose members
include RNIB, the Royal Mencap Society, Scope, the NHS and the Electoral
Commission.
The Call for Evidence is available online in HTML or in accessible Word
document and PDF versions (produced with guidance from RNIB), and ‘easy
read’ Word and PDF versions, produced with guidance from Mencap.
The deadline for responses, which can be sent via email or post, is
November 14.
Find out more and respond to the Government’s Call for Evidence on access
to elections at the Cabinet Office consultation page:
http://eab.li/8d

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