Ismail Kaji from Walthamstow is campaigning for the government to make the voting process more inclusive for disabled people

Ismail Kaji is campaigning for Mencap

Ismail Kaji is campaigning for Mencap

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East London and West Essex Guardian Series: Photograph of the Author by , Reporter - Waltham Forest

Disabled people are penalised by the voting system, according to Ismail Kaji, a Parliamentary Affairs Assistant from Walthamstow.

This week, Mr Kaji has taken his fight over better access to voting for disabled people to parliament.

Today, he is Speaking Out about the difficulty that he has found when it comes to voting in Waltham Forest in the past.

Mr Kaji believes that the government needs to make the process of voting easier by offering some kind of help to people with learning difficulties.

 

 

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4:58pm Sat 3 May 14

techiebabe says...

Thank you for raising this issue!

I am a hard of hearing wheelchair user, and although my local polling station has level access and a low height voting booth (which wobbled when I leaned on it) there was nowhere to park. As a nursery school was used as a polling station there were zigzags nearby and every other space in the street taken. I ended up stopping in front of a drop kerb and leaving a note on the dash "Gone to vote, sorry, back in 5 minutes".

The National Blood Service reserve parking spaces in the street when they attend a local church hall, to provide free parking for donors. Could polling stations not reserve spaces in the street for voters, especially those with a blue badge?

And, do polling stations have hearing loops, do you know? (Ill try to find out.)

(Ill blog about this myself over the weekend - youve inspired me to comment!)
Thank you for raising this issue! I am a hard of hearing wheelchair user, and although my local polling station has level access and a low height voting booth (which wobbled when I leaned on it) there was nowhere to park. As a nursery school was used as a polling station there were zigzags nearby and every other space in the street taken. I ended up stopping in front of a drop kerb and leaving a note on the dash "Gone to vote, sorry, back in 5 minutes". The National Blood Service reserve parking spaces in the street when they attend a local church hall, to provide free parking for donors. Could polling stations not reserve spaces in the street for voters, especially those with a blue badge? And, do polling stations have hearing loops, do you know? (Ill try to find out.) (Ill blog about this myself over the weekend - youve inspired me to comment!) techiebabe
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