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High Court says UK Government's arrangements for vision impaired voters are unlawful

The UK's High Court has ruled the Government’s current arrangements for voters with a vision impairment are unlawful as use of the Tactical Voting Devices (TVDs) that they specify do not allow them to vote without any need for assistance. The ruling follows a challenge from a registered blind voter in Norwich, whose case was supported by RNIB.

Even when available, the TVD, a plastic template which fits over the voting slip, does not identify election candidates, meaning that the voter still needs assistance to cast a vote. In other countries, voting has been made accessible, for example by the use of telephone voting or audio booths, and research by RNIB has found that almost two thirds of those that did not vote said they would have done if it had been more accessible.

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