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British Voters Asked To Rate Polling Access
By Dave Reynolds, Inclusion Daily Express
May 6, 2005

GLAMORGAN, WALES--Voters with disabilities are being asked to rate their accessibility experiences at polling places or with mail-in voting following Thursday's election.

As part of a voters access campaign named "Polls Apart", the disability charity Scope has published an online questionnaire for voters to fill out. The organization wants to know if polling access has improved since 2001, when a similar survey found just 69 percent of polling stations were accessible.

"Some people were being turned away and told they couldn't vote, others had to do it in the street, others had to get someone else to vote for them," Scope's Richard Parnell told the BBC.

Things should be different this time, because of provisions in the Disability Discrimination Act which came into effect last October.

Michele Kordell, who coordinates the campaign in Wales, said: "Progress has been made but still a lot more can be done to make it accessible."

"People shouldn't be disallowed from voting because they can't get into the building, they should be able to go independently."

Related:
"Access problem for disabled voter" (BBC News)

http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/wales/south_east/4517799.stm
"Disabled voters judge poll access" (BBC News)
http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/uk_politics/vote_2005/wales/4513497.stm
"Disabled voters to assess access" (BBC News)
http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/uk_politics/vote_2005/frontpage/4516541.stm
Polls Apart: Campaigning for Accessible Democracy
http://www.pollsapart.org.uk

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