Laura Sharman 21 August 2017

New reforms to help sight impaired people to vote

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Local authorities will now be allowed to use records to help ensure people with a vision impairment receive accessible voting information.

Under the new measures, councils will be able to contact people who hold a Certificate of Vision Impairment (CVI) form to see if they need support to participate in electoral events.

This will ensure people with vision impairments are immediately sent accessible voting information.

Minister for the constitution, Chris Skidmore said: ‘Our reform of the Certificate of Vision Impairment will mean that, for the first time, local authorities will be able to contact those who hold a CVI in order to ask whether they need any extra help or support when it comes to registering to vote, or participating in our elections.

‘We want to ensure that our elections are as accessible as possible, and to remove any barriers that exist to democratic participation - every voice matters and we want ours to be a democracy that works for everyone.’

A survey by the RNIB found only one in five blind and partially sighted voters said they received a polling card in a format they could read.

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