Right to vote

Accessible elections

Voting for all! How to make elections easier to understand and take part in (.pdf). This document shows national inclusion organisations they can do in the run-up to elections to ensure that they are as accessible as possible, by the provision and effective dissemination of accessible information and by raising awareness amongst politicians, electoral bodies and citizens themselves about the importance of accessibility measures and full participation of all citizens in elections.

Česky: Volby pro všechny (.pdf)

Français: Un vote pour tous! (.pdf)

 

Recommendations for Accessible Elections in Europe (.pdf) covering five key areas: legislation on legal capacity, accessible information, training, support for decision-making in voting, and access to the voting process.

Česky: Doporučené postupy pro přístupné volby (.pdf) a ve snadném čtení: Jak udělat volby přístupnější (.pdf)

Français: Recommandations pour des élections accessible en Europe (.pdf)

 

Good Practices for Accessible Elections (.pdf) in Europe.

Česky: Dobrá praxe pro přístupné volby v Evropě (.pdf)

 

National resources

Svenska: Alla vill vi prata med en politiker (.pdf) by FUB (We all want to talk to a politician)

 

Further resources on accessible elections

EDF: How to make your political campaign accessible

European elections manifesto

2019 (multiple language versions)

2014 (.pdf)

 

Right to vote

“What if all people had to do a test to vote?”

“No one should be deprived of their right to vote because of their disabilities”

States Parties shall guarantee to persons with disabilities political rights and the opportunity to enjoy them on an equal basis with others, and shall undertake to:

(a) Ensure that persons with disabilities can effectively and fully participate in political and public life on an equal basis with others, directly or through freely chosen representatives, including the right and opportunity for persons with disabilities to vote and be elected, inter alia, by:

(i) Ensuring that voting procedures, facilities and materials are appropriate, accessible and easy to understand and use;

(ii) Protecting the right of persons with disabilities to vote by secret ballot in elections and public referendums without intimidation, and to stand for elections, to effectively hold office and perform all public functions at all levels of government, facilitating the use of assistive and new technologies where appropriate;

(iii) Guaranteeing the free expression of the will of persons with disabilities as electors and to this end, where necessary, at their request, allowing assistance in voting by a person of their own choice;
(Article 29 of the Convention on the rights of persons with disabilities)

 

See more about the right to vote and about European elections.