Accessible voting procedure

Those interested in applying for the accessible voting procedure have 27 days (from 30 May to 26 June inclusive) to apply by calling 900 150 000 from Monday to Friday from 9:00 am to 5:30 pm and Saturdays from 9:00 am to 2:00 pm.

Visually impaired persons who know the Braille reading and writing system and have a recognised degree of disability equal to or greater than 33% or are members of ONCE may request an accessible voting kit from the Ministry of the Interior.

The accessible voting procedure consists of a kit/briefcase which is handed out at the polling station on the day of the vote and which includes complementary documentation in Braille that allows them to select the ballot paper with their voting option autonomously.

This kit includes: standardised ballot papers and envelopes (i.e. envelopes and ballot papers identical to those used by other voters) and complementary documentation in Braille (explanatory guide in Braille, Braille stickers and ink identifying the contents of the ballot papers and envelopes)

A. Preparing to vote

Once the accessible voting kit has been delivered, the voter may request that the members of the polling station provide access to a space, located as close as possible to the polling station, in order to handle there the documentation contained in the accessible voting kit with guarantees of privacy. They can also take the accessible voting kit outside the polling place and return later to cast their vote.

For the Senate Elections, it is necessary to mark with a pen or pencil the choice of vote in the boxes on the braille template inside which the Senate ballot is placed. In this template, each candidatures is identified by a number. By locating this number on the Braille list of nominations, the voter will be able to find out the name of the nomination and the names of the male and female candidates for the Senate corresponding to that nomination. Once the voter has selected the candidates they wish to vote for, the standard ballot paper must be removed from the template and placed in the voting envelope corresponding to the “Senate Elections”.

In the case of the Election to the Congress of Deputies, the voter must open the large envelope marked in braille “Elections to the Congress of Deputies” and select, from among the small envelopes inside, the one marked in braille containing the ballot paper corresponding to the candidacy for which they wish to cast their vote, removing that ballot paper and inserting it in the voting envelope corresponding to the “Elections to the Congress of Deputies”.

B. Voting

The voter must then go to the polling station where they must identify themselves and hand in their vote.

C. Surplus material

After voting, the voter is advised to take the accessible voting kit with them, together with any remaining materials, in order to ensure the secrecy of the vote cast.

Explanatory Guide to the Accessible Voting Kit