BLINDSPOT. DENIED THE RIGHT TO VOTE

Reposted from 38 degrees.org

Are you as disgusted as I am by this? If so sign the petition. 

In less than 12 months the General Election will take place. However two groups will not be allowed to vote, prisoners and people who are blind or partially sighted.

Current leglislation allows a significant number of  blind and partially sighted people to be treated the same as criminals

Why is this important?

UK legislation does not allow people with sight impairment to use technology, which we use in our  normal daily lives to maintain independence, to vote

It is not always possible for someone with sight loss to get to a polling station and if they do, only 25% are accessible.

We want  ballot papers to be sent to us via email attachment or CD, complete those using electronic devices (with the aid of assistive software) such as Smartphone, Tablets or a PC and return them for printing and entered into the ballot box. Security measures can easily be set up to avoid fraud as with normal postal voting. We do not believe this constitutes 'electronic voting' but simply a reasonable adjustment (auxiliary aid) under the  Equality Act 2010 

UK Politicians  have a Blindspot when it comes to accessible voting

Everyone has the fundamental right to vote

Under the United Nations Convention on the Rights of People with a Disability article 29 we have the right to a political and public life. We believe the UK Politicians  are breaching the convention.

People with sight impairment have the right to dignity and choice and control over their own lives

Imagine for one moment you were told you were losing your sight or that you were going blind, "pretty emotional I expect". Putting those emotions to one side for a moment, how would you cope for instance with getting a hospital or mental health (emotional support) appointment, accessing your own NI number in order to get employment or benefits, bank or insurance information as well as many other services you would need to access in order to retain as much independence as possible. Even if you were to go totally blind, independence is achievable with the aid of assistive technology such as text-to speech and touch type
You have coped with the emotional impact of sight loss and are now ready to move on. Sorry but worse is yet to come because you are discriminated by mainly public bodies and also the private sector who place barriers in your way such as reasons of security or integrity of documents to demy you the right to participate in society or allow you your rightful independence

It has been made virtually impossible to get legal aid anymore in order to fight discrimination and injustice.

I therefore need this matter debated in the House of Commons.  For this to happen I would need to raise 100,000 signatures. Please show your support and sign the petition. We all have the human and democratic right to vote

Worse than being told you are losing your sight, for many,  is being told you cannot use what ability is left to you. Therefore the answer too "how do you cope with sight loss" is you don't if you are not allowed too.

We have sexism and racism but it appears we do not have 'disablism' in the UK.


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22 Responses to BLINDSPOT. DENIED THE RIGHT TO VOTE

  1. Glynnis, your link is coming up degrees.com, not 38 degrees.com. I lost my vote in the last election when my electoral registration form got “lost” in transit.

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  2. Jay says:

    Considering that people who can barely speak English or read/write in English can vote. it is ridiculous in this day and age that people with sight impairment are discriminated against in this way. Just another example of this totally inept and corrupt political system…

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  3. Ray Kempson says:

    They are talking about enabling prison inmates to vote but not sight impaired citizens of our country. Yet another example of this regime trying to deny democracy for ALL.

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  4. beastrabban says:

    Reblogged this on Beastrabban’s Weblog.

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  5. Reblogged this on amnesiaclinic and commented:
    Please support.

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  6. Nick says:

    well at least blind people cant be blamed for crap governments like we have seen over the past years

    i myself am like the queen (exempt ) and have never voted but would have done if the democracy system was something to be proud of it’s not far from it and if were blind i still wouldn’t vote however they should make that choice for themselves and the law needs to change fast so that they can vote if they so wish to do so

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  7. jemmabrown says:

    Hey I’m in agreement on this but i cannot find a link (anywhere on the internet) to the campaign on 38 degrees – have I missed the boat on this one?

    Could someone post a link to the original on 38 degrees?

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  8. jaypot2012 says:

    This is a total disgrace and I honestly don’t believe it.
    Glynis – could you put the link up for the petition please? I’ve tried to find it and as I’m not that computer literate, I’m having problems 🙂
    Thanks in advance.
    Jay

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  9. jaypot2012 says:

    Reblogged this on Jay's Journal and commented:
    Can you actually believe this?

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  10. Wasn’tthat long ago that we had a blind Home Secretary; it’s idiotic!

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