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Our report – Elections for Everyone

On this page you can find our Elections for Everyone report.

The report is about registering to vote and voting from the view of someone with a disability.

It tells you about the problems voters with a disability have when they vote and how they would like to see things change for the better. It also tells you what should be done to help make elections more accessible for everyone.

We recommend that:

  • Care and support workers need to know how they can support the people they care for when they vote.
  • People running elections need to understand the needs of people with disabilities so they can support them and make it easy for them to register to vote and to vote.
  • Candidates and parties should make sure information is in easy to read formats and available in good time before the election so people have the time to read it.
  • When political parties publish their manifestos, they should make sure accessible formats are available at the same time
  • Government should make changes to election forms so they can be easily understood; look at different ways that people with disabilities can vote so they have greater flexibility and choice; and change the law so that people with disabilities have more choice about who they can take to the polling station with them

Download our Elections for Everyone report (PDF)

Download a Microsoft Word version of our Elections for Everyone report (DOC)

This report was published in November 2017.

Alternative formats

Easy read, large print and audio summaries of our Elections for Everyone report are available below.

Easy Read

The information in our report is available in Easy Read format. This uses simple words and pictures to help people read the report.

Open the Easy Read summary of our Elections for Everyone report (PDF)

Large print

Our report is available in Large print. This uses a larger text size to help people who may have difficult reading smaller text sizes.

Open the large print version of our Elections for Everyone report (PDF)


A summary of our report is also available to listen to.

You can also download the audio version if you want to listen to it at another time.

Download the audio summary of our Elections for Everyone report (MP3)

Other formats

To request this information in Braille, please contact us.

Phone: 020 7271 0500

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