Category Archives: voters

Crossed out?

A guest blog by Catriona Burness, Parliamentary and Policy Manager, RNIB Scotland National Democracy Week is a good time to think about whether our democracy is accessible to all. The right to vote independently, and in secret, is a cornerstone … Continue reading

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Urgent improvements needed to ensure transparency for voters in a digital age

Not so long ago, the only time some people would know that an election was happening would be when a handful of leaflets came through the door, or placards appeared in a few front gardens. Continue reading

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4 things you need to know about casting your vote on 3 May

We need your help in sharing essential voting information to support people ahead of the local elections this Thursday.  Continue reading

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Voting – Go and give it a go!

Michelle, a campaigner for Mencap who has a learning disability, talks about her experience of voting and top tips for getting involved in democracy… Continue reading

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A new law breaks down another barrier to voting

This new change to the law making anonymous registration easier will mean vulnerable people are able to register to vote without compromising their safety, ending a situation which has seen too many people disenfranchised in the past. This new legislation, will help hundreds of people, not least those at risk of domestic violence register to vote anonymously more easily. Being a survivor of abuse should never deprive a person of the right to have their say at elections. Continue reading

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Celebrating the centenary of women’s suffrage

Ahead of celebrations to mark the centenary of the Representation of the People Act, passed on 6 February 1918, giving some women the right to vote in the UK for the first time, we’ve asked women at the Commission to share their thoughts on the anniversary. Continue reading

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No barriers to voting – enabling the voices of those with learning disabilities

Last Thursday we published our report on accessibility, ‘Elections for everyone’.  The feedback we received from disabled voters about their experiences at the UK Parliament elections made it clear that something needs to be done, and governments, electoral staff, candidates and parties, and the Commission all have a role to play in this. Continue reading

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