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Accessibility at the Polling Station


The voting process should be accessible to all voters. We offer a range of support for voters with disabilities to enable them to vote independently or with assistance.


Some of the ways we do this is: 

  • Polling stations are wheelchair accessible, and ramps are provided where needed

  • Adapted level polling booth for wheelchair users

  • Large print versions of ballot papers to view

  • Tactile Voting Device, to enable blind voters to mark their ballot papers independently

  • Ballot Paper Magnifier, to enable an elector to magnify any part of the ballot paper

  • Pencil grips to attach to pens or pencils when marking the ballot paper

  • Friendly and helpful polling station staff who will make reasonable adjustments where possible

  • Providing disabled parking where possible

  • Adequate lighting in and outside of the station

  • A Makaton approved guide to voting at a polling station



Whether you are a young person, a person with a disability or a qualifying foreign national. You can find a short video to suit your needs on our How to Vote page.


How to vote videos


Please note that after May 2023, voters will be required to provide photographic ID when voting in a polling station at Parliamentary and Police and Crime Commissioner elections in Wales.


Find out more about Voter ID 


If you do not want to vote at a polling station, you can vote by post or by proxy. Application forms can be downloaded from our website or by contacting us on 01446 729552.


Download an Application Form



Support in the Polling Station

If you are a voter with a disability or require additional support to complete a ballot paper on your own, you can take a friend or relative to the polling station to help you. Our polling station staff will also be available able to help you.


What other people can do:

  • Assist you moving around the polling station

  • Read out the candidates’ names and parties on the ballot paper in order

  • Explain the voting options to you

  • Use their knowledge of your communication methods to understand who you want to vote for

  • Come into the polling booth with you

  • Mark the ballot paper with your decision if you permit them to do so

What other people can’t do:

  • Decide for you on who to vote for

  • Mark the ballot paper against your wishes

  • Stop you from voting because you have a disability or require additional support



Additional Support Required

Please let the polling station staff know if you require any additional support to be able to exercise your right to vote.


For example, if you require:

  • Someone to read out the candidates on the ballot paper

  • To be shown a large print ballot paper

  • To use the Tactile Voting Device

  • To use a magnifier

  • To use a pencil grip

  • To be able to lip read

  • Someone to help mark the ballot paper with your decision – either someone who has accompanied you or the polling station staff

  • To be assisted in moving around the polling station


Report an Accessibility Issue

If you see an accessibility issue at a polling station, please report this to Electoral Services or call 01446 729552.


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