[AI] Polling stations 'fail disabled' through lack of access

shiv shankar shivshankar.rvm.mp at gmail.com
Mon Jun 21 01:08:31 EDT 2010


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On 6/21/10, Vikas Kapoor <dl.vikas at gmail.com> wrote:
> Polling stations 'fail disabled' through lack of access
> Page last updated at 23:06 GMT, Sunday, 20 June 2010 00:06 UK
>
>  Some disabled people have problems accessing polling stations Online voting
> should be introduced to assist disabled voters after access to polling
> stations failed to improve for this year's election, a charity said.
>
> A Scope survey suggested more than two thirds of the general election
> polling stations failed basic access tests.
>
> That was no better than in 2001 or 2005, despite new guidance and duties for
> local authorities.
>
> Scope's Ruth Scott said the "archaic" voting system had been "failing
> disabled voters for some time".
>
> More than a third of disabled people - 35% - interviewed as part of Scope's
> Polls Apart report said they would prefer to vote online.
>
> The report said some wheelchair users were forced to vote in the street and
> some polling station staff were unable to show those with eyesight problems
> how to use special equipment to help them vote.
>
> Ms Scott said the country's voting system "isn't working for other voters
> either," demonstrated by "scores of people queuing outside polling stations"
> at the recent general election.
>
> "Over the last decade there has been next to no improvement in the overall
> accessibility of polling stations or postal voting," she said.
>
> "There is a pressing need for clearer accountability over how elections are
> delivered, to help improve the accessibility of current voting methods, as
> well as expanding these to include alternative methods.
>
> "Unless this happens disabled people will continue to struggle to exercise
> their right to vote.
>
> "In a digital age where people can vote by text for the X-Factor and shop
> and bank online, our voting system really needs to catch up."
>
> http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/uk/10362224.stm
>
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