FOI Request - General Election 2015 - People with Disabilities

Request 101000359571

1.  Ahead of the 2015 General Election, did the local authority give training to polling station staff around supporting people with a learning disability to vote?

2.  Ahead of the 2015 General Election, a) was the local authority aware of Mencap's ‘Easy guides to voting and registering to vote’ (https://www.mencap.org.uk/sites/default/files/documents/Easy_guide_voting.pdf); and b) if so, did the local authority distribute this to relevant local organisations/groups/services?

3.  How many voter registration events did the local authority attend/run for people with a learning disability ahead of a) the 2015 General Election and b) the 2010 General Election?

4.  Ahead of the 2015 General Election, a) did the local authority receive a fact sheet from the Electoral Commission – produced jointly by the Electoral Commission and Mencap – entitled 'What you need to do if you want to vote on 7 May'; and b) if so, was this distributed to polling station staff?

5.  Are all of the polling stations in the local authority area accessible for people using wheelchairs?

6.  How many complaints have you received about the accessibility of your polling stations in the local authority area, following the 2015 General Election?  

7.  Was the local authority made aware of any problems with people with a learning disability voting on 7th May 2015? If so, a) how many people with a learning disability were affected, and b) how many people with a learning disability were stopped from voting?

Response 03-07-2015

1.  Not specifically learning disabled, supporting people is part of the discussions delivered during poll staff training that covers assistance and support to all voters that have a disability or require additional assistance.

2.  (a)  Yes

     (b)  No, however it was made available as a link on our website on our page relating to ‘Disabled Voters’

3.  Voter registration is the remit of the Valuation Joint Boards in Scotland, which for the Moray Council is the Grampian Valuation Joint Board. The Elections Office of The Moray Council does not administrate Electoral Registration only Electoral Administration so we cannot provide information about this question.

4.  (a)  The local authority did not receive a fact sheet from the Electoral Commission, it’s existence was highlighted to electoral administrators in the Electoral Commission’s Electoral Administration Bulletin 88(Scotland).

4.  (b)  No as the factsheet is specific voter information aimed at the voter in advance of the poll. Polling station staff in the polling station are not permitted to hand out or carry any other information other than the statutory voter information ‘Notice to the Voter’ and ‘Guidance to the Voter’ which is prescribed in law.

5.  Yes, either by temporary or permanent ramps where access is not level.

6.  None

7.  No

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