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Polling Stations: Disabled

Volume 475: debated on Monday 12 May 2008

To ask the hon. Member for Gosport, representing the Speaker’s Committee on the Electoral Commission what guidance has been issued to returning officers on (a) access to polling stations for those with disabilities and (b) steps to be taken in the event of non-delivery of polling cards. (204642)

[holding answer 9 May 2008]: The Electoral Commission informs me that its guidance for returning officers covers access to polling stations for those with disabilities. This includes a checklist of issues to consider when choosing buildings for use as polling stations. The polling station handbook for use by presiding officers and poll clerks on election day also contains advice on accessibility.

The Commission’s guidance also includes information about the production and distribution of polling cards and the Commission provides advice on request in the event of non-delivery of polling cards.