Information for disabled voters

All of Pendle's polling stations are accessible for disabled people.

If you have particular concerns or would like more details, email elections@pendle.gov.uk

The polling stations are mainly schools, community halls or buildings used by the public and so must have disabled access.

Postal and proxy votes

If you can't gain access to a Polling Station, you can:

  • apply for a postal vote in advance of the election so you can cast your vote at home
  • apply for a proxy vote and nominate someone you trust to cast your vote for you

If you want to vote in person and can't get into the building, ask the Presiding Officer to bring the ballot papers out of the polling station for you.

After you have marked and folded the papers, the Presiding Officer must place them into the ballot boxes immediately to preserve the secrecy of your vote.

Voters in wheelchairs

All our polling stations have polling booths that are height adjustable to accommodate voters in wheelchairs.

Blind or visually impaired voters

There is at least one large print display of the ballot paper at each station.

If you want, you can ask the polling station staff to read the list of candidates and their details to you.

We also provide tactile voting devices. These are fixed to the ballot paper and have flaps which cover each of the boxes, with corresponding numbers embossed in black on the surface. The number shows up clearly against the paper and is also identifiable by touch.

To cast your vote, you lift the relevant flap to reveal the box on the ballot paper and make your mark. You can then remove the device from the ballot paper, fold the ballot paper and put it in the ballot box without help.

Assisted Voters

You can have a companion to help you vote. They must be a close relative or a qualified elector. You need to ask permission from the Presiding Officer. The Presiding Officer has to be satisfied that your disabilities prevent you from voting unaided. Your companion has to complete and sign a declaration at the polling station.

If you prefer, you can ask the Presiding Officer to help you vote. You need to tell the Presiding Officer, in the privacy of the polling booth, who you want to vote for, and they will mark the ballot paper on your behalf.

If the Presiding Officer helps you to vote, the name of the voter has to be recorded on an official form. When polling is finished, the Presiding Officer has to make a statement about how many voters they have assisted.

We carry out regular polling station reviews and include local disability groups in order to make sure we can maintain and improve on what we provide for all voters.