This briefing document is a supplement to “The Great Barrier Brief”. In this, Blind Citizens NZ addresses Accessible Independent Voting from the perspective of blind and vision impaired voters, many of whom are unable to vote without sighted assistance, whether at the polling booth, in a postal ballot and telephone dictation voting. Hence the ability to independently cast a truly secret vote is denied to us.
While our brief identifies the challenges and barriers we face, we also offer solutions.
Blind Citizens NZ thanks the Lotteries Grants Board for its support and funding of this publication.