Petition details

Trial online voting for visually impaired and other disabled members of the electorate

We the undersigned petition the Council to request that the Cabinet Office allows you to trial online voting for visually impaired members of the electorate, as well as for other disabled people, who currently find it at best very difficult and at worst impossible to vote independently and in secret.

The 2010 Equality Act gives blind and partially sighted voters the same right to vote in secret as all other voters. However, in practice, we are unable to do so. Registering to vote, having access to information to help me decide my vote and the process of putting a cross on the ballot paper - are all impossible without help from other people.

Online voting offers us a way to vote independently. We ask that the Council asks the Government if it can trial online voting for groups such as the visually impaired at the next general election. The Government is keen to increase voting accessibility for the disabled and the Cabinet Office is able to grant local authorities the remit to trial new ways of voting.

Please support blind and partially sighted people's right to vote independently and in secret.

This Petition ran from 30/04/2018 to 03/12/2018 and has now finished.

43 people signed this Petition.