More convenient ways for voters with disabilities to vote in the Elections to the European Parliament

More convenient ways for voters with disabilities to vote in the Elections to the European Parliament

On May 26 Elections to the European Parliament and run-off voting of the Elections of the President of the Republic will take place. During these elections voters with disabilities will be able to vote more easily.

At the end of 2018 a Memorandum on Cooperation was signed by the Central Electoral Commission, the Lithuanian Municipal Association and the Lithuanian Disability Forum. By the Memorandum it was agreed that in 2019 at least 50 percent of the polling districts must be adapted for people with disabilities. At present, 69 percent of polling stations are adapted for disabled people. In addition, this number has a tendency to increase.

People with a hearing impairment will have an opportunity to use sign language interpreter services on the day of the elections. It is expected that this will help voters with hearing impairments to communicate more comfortably with members of district electoral committees.

On the day of the Elections to the European Parliament, every municipality and electoral district will have the opportunity to use a magnifying glass for voters with visual impairments.

Likewise, voters who are visually impaired will have an opportunity to use ballot papers, which are put in the special cases with information written in Braille.

As the CEC is aware, the younger generation do not read Braille, but instead use the language synthesizer, the CEC has adapted its website to people using a language synthesizer.