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Elections Bill could weaken protections for blind and partially sighted voters

Urgent update from RNIB:  
The Government has put forward a draft law – the Elections Bill – which weakens protection for an independent vote for blind and partially sighted people. But there is still time to stop this from happening. 

RNIB need to persuade the Government to maintain the existing law, and need your help to do it.  Will you meet your MP to help maintain an independent vote for blind and partially sighted people? You can use RNIB’s simple online form to email your MP to request a meeting. Get in touch and RNIB will send you all the information you need to make your meeting a success! You can also join virtual chats with them to get tips on how to prepare. Or you can find everything you need to know on the Elections Bill on the RNIB website. You could also email your MP today using the pre-written email to MP which is available on the RNIB website

RNIB’s latest research showed that only 1 in 5 blind voters and less than half of partially sighted voters were able to vote independently and in secret in the 2021 elections – this could get worse if the current wording is not maintained in the new Bill.