Helping you to vote - disabled access and information
At Winchester City Council we want to ensure that the electoral process is as accessible to as many people as possible. This page will outline some of the resources available and the steps we are taking to ensure a wide range of accessibility needs are met.
If you would like to receive information in a different language, or if you have any questions about accessibility, please contact our elections team by email email@example.com, or phone 01962 848125
You can register to vote online, by paper form or over the telephone.
- Register online here
- To request a paper form to be sent out to you contact our office by email firstname.lastname@example.org or phone 01962 848125. We can produce the form in different accessible ways.
- To register on the phone please call 01962 848125
To register you will need
- Your Date of Birth
- Your National Insurance number
- Your nationality
- Your last previous address (if applicable)
You may wish to apply for a postal vote. You can download the postal vote application form here or contact our office by email email@example.com or phone 01962 848125 and we can get an application form sent to you in the post.
You may wish to appoint a proxy to vote on your behalf. This can be a permanent proxy vote or one just for a specific election.
The form for a specific election can be found here
The form for a permanent proxy based on disability can be found here
If you are unable to download or print, please contact our office by email firstname.lastname@example.org or phone 01962 848125 to request a hardcopy to be sent out to you.
At the polling station
If you are voting in person at a polling station your allocated station will be listed on your poll card letter, which you will receive in the post at the end of March. Our polling stations are wheelchair accessible either through flat level access, a ramp or with help from the Presiding Officer. All stations have a wheelchair accessible polling booth. Assistance dogs are welcome.
If you would like any further information on a specific polling station, please contact our elections team by email email@example.com or phone 01962848125.
All polling stations across the district will have the following items:
- a large print ballot paper
- chairs will be provided for anyone who needs to sit whilst they wait to cast their vote or after voting
- handheld ballot paper magnifiers
- low level polling booths for wheelchair access
- pencils will be available with a rubber grip to help anyone with a writing disability like arthritis (you may also bring your own pen/pencil)
- tactile voting device which has braille and embossed numbers that correlate to the ballot papers
- trained staff who will be identifiable with name badges – who can offer assistance
- we encourage voters to bring and use their own personal aids to see and read the ballot paper easier, which could be on your mobile phone or other electronic device
Guide dogs are welcomed.
If you require additional support when voting you may bring a companion over the age of 18 or ask the Presiding Officer. They will need to fill out a separate form in the polling station.
What other people can do:
- Assist you moving around the polling station.
- Read out the candidates’ names and parties on the ballot paper in order.
- Explain the voting options to you.
- Use their knowledge of your communication methods to understand who you want to vote for.
- Come into the polling booth with you.
- Mark the ballot paper with your decision if you permit them to do so.
What other people can’t do:
- Decide for you on who to vote for.
- Mark the ballot paper against your wishes.
- Stop you from voting because you have a disability or require additional support.
If you need any further support, please get in to contact and we will assist in any way we can. Email: firstname.lastname@example.org. Phone: 01962 848125. Write to Freepost RTLH-LSAG-HASX, City Offices, Colebrook Street, Winchester, Hampshire, SO23 9ZZ
If you are voting at a polling station, you will need to bring Photographic ID please see here for more information
Voter ID easy read guide (pdf, 1.3mb)
Voter ID easy read application form (pdf, 1.8mb)