Access to elections: Call for Evidence

5 Sep 2017 02:55 PM

This consultation closes at: 5pm on 14 November 2017.

Summary

A Call for Evidence asking for views on how people with disabilities experience registering to vote and voting itself.

Consultation description

On Tuesday 5 September, the Minister for the Constitution launched a Call for Evidence, asking for views on how people with disabilities experience registering to vote and voting itself.

Responses to the Call for Evidence will:

  • enhance the government’s understanding of the experiences of disabled people in registering to vote and casting their vote
  • help identify if current mechanisms to support disabled people to participate in the democratic process are sufficient; and
  • identify examples of good practice provided by Electoral Service Teams to disabled people at elections.

In partnership with the members of the Cabinet Office Accessibility Working Group, which includes the Royal Mencap Society, Mind, RNIB, Scope, United Response, NHS, the Association of Electoral Administrators, the Electoral Commission and Scottish Assessors Association, the government will review the evidence it receives and produce a report of key findings and recommendations.

You can download the Call for Evidence in an accessible word document (thank you to RNIB for advice on this document) and Easy Read format (thank you to Mencap for advice on this document).

How to respond to the Call for Evidence

Please respond before 17:00 on Tuesday 14 November 2017.

You should respond to this Call for Evidence by email elections@cabinetoffice.gov.uk

We will accept submissions in hard copy. If you need to submit a hard copy, please send to:

Electoral Administration Team 
Cabinet Office 
4th floor, Orange Zone 
1 Horse Guards Road 
London SW1A 2HQ. 

For enquiries or Call for Evidence in any other formats please email elections@cabinetoffice.gov.uk or call 0207 276 1379.

Handling of information and publication of responses

We will not publish any responses to this Call for Evidence. The information you send may be passed to colleagues within Cabinet Office or other government departments.

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