Local Elections 2019: Provisions for the Visually Impaired
Cork City Council has set up a Freephone number to assist visually impaired voters in the upcoming Local Elections.
By dialling 1800 28 30 34, voters can hear the details of the candidates running in their local electoral area. Each individual candidate has a corresponding number assigned which will be on the Ballot Paper Template available at the voter's polling station.
Pictured: Examples of ballot paper templates for referendum/plebiscite ballot paper on left and for local and European election ballot papers on right.
The Ballot Paper Template is a transparent plastic device that is placed on top of the ballot paper. It has a number of accessible features which facilitate the marking of the ballot paper in secret by the visually impaired voter including braille, raised lettering, and other tactile features. It is removed once the ballot paper has been marked and the ballot paper is placed in the ballot box, entirely indistinguishable from all the other marked ballot papers.