Voting in Dutch elections more accessible for disabled voters

Blind and visually impaired people can cast their votes in the next local government elections in the Netherlands using a 'soundbox'.

This allows users to listen to all the lists and candidates in the voting booth and then use a button to make a choice. The ballot paper is placed under a mould with the lists in large numbers and in Braille.

In previous elections, blind and visually impaired people in Maastricht still had to have their voting cards converted into voter cards for municipalities where ballot boxes and soundboxes were already in use. This was the case in Heerlen and Stein, among others.

For more information about accessibility during Dutch elections, head over to the United Cities and Local Governments website.