Ilfracombe voters asked to have their say on General Election

IN the run-up to the General Election the Scope shop in Ilfracombe is asking local people to have their say and share why voting matters to them. It is part of a campaign called Polls Apart - run by disability charity Scope - to raise awareness about t

IN the run-up to the General Election the Scope shop in Ilfracombe is asking local people to "have their say" and share why voting matters to them.

It is part of a campaign called Polls Apart - run by disability charity Scope - to raise awareness about the barriers disabled people face when it comes to voting.

Local residents will be asked to share their views when they visit the shop. Their comments will be displayed in the shop window until Monday, April 12.

"Voting is really important to disabled people but unfortunately many are still being denied the opportunity to exercise their democratic right because of access barriers at local polling stations," said shop manager Linda Denzey.


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"Disabled people should have the same right to cast their vote in person like everyone else."

Scope says many disabled people are denied the chance to vote because of inaccessible polling stations. Problems include buildings without ramps, inaccessible buildings, a lack of voting information in alternative formats such as Braille or unhelpful attitudes from polling station staff who don't understand the needs of disabled voters.

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Research carried out by Scope at the last General Election showed 68 per cent of all polling stations had one or more serious access barriers that could prevent a disabled person from voting independently and in private.

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