Making voting accessible

Voting in local and general elections should be accessible to you, whether you choose to vote at a polling station or in another way (for example by post).

Under the Disability Discrimination Act (1995), we are legally obliged to make any ‘reasonable’ physical adjustments to polling stations to make them accessible to people with disabilities. Polling Stations used in North Kesteven are assessed to ensure they are accessible to people with disabilities but if you find any problems on the day of the election, please make the Presiding Officer aware or alternatively contact Electoral Services either by phoning (01529) 414155 or email elections@n-kesteven.gov.uk.

Ways to vote

If you find it difficult to get to your polling station, you can vote in a different way.

Voting by post

A ballot paper will be sent to you approximately 10 days before the date of an election. Mark the ballot paper and return it to the Returning Officer before 10.00pm on the day of the election.

For more information about postal votes, visit the postal vote page.

Voting by proxy

If you apply in time, you can have a proxy vote. This allows you to nominate another person to go to your polling station on election day and vote on your behalf. The person you choose must agree to do this and they must not have agreed to act as a proxy for more than two people unless they are related to them. A poll card will be sent to your proxy telling them which polling station to go to.

For more information please visit the proxy voting page.

Tactile voting devices for blind or visually impaired people

All polling stations will provide a tactile voting device and at least one large print display version of the ballot paper. This makes it easier to vote without another person’s help if you’re blind or visually impaired. You can also ask polling station staff to read the list of candidates and their details to you.

Power of attorney and voting

A ‘power of attorney’ is a process in which a person gives one or more people - the attorney(s) - the legal right to manage their affairs because they are incapable of doing so themselves. A power of attorney does not extend to the electoral process. An attorney has no powers to vote on behalf of another person, unless they have been appointed proxy on a form signed by the person.

Voting information in alternative formats

The Electoral Commission website  About My Vote contains information which can be downloaded in large print and various language formats and as audio files.

The Electoral Commission

The Electoral Commission is an independent body set up by the UK Parliament. One of its aims is to look at how to modernise the electoral process, including how to make voting more accessible to disabled people. Its website contains lots of information about elections and the democratic process, including information with particular relevance to disabled people.