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New device to help blind voters

Thu, 08 Sep 2016


Visually impaired people in the Isle of Man will be given extra assistance when voting in the upcoming House of Keys General Election for the first time.

Those with sight problems have previously had to rely on staff at polling stations to cast their votes, but a new device will allow them to vote in private later this month.

The Island's Cabinet Office has brought in tactile voting devices which fit over the ballot paper, allowing users to pick a candidate using raised numbers.

The Manx Blind Welfare Society has welcomed the move, and is training polling station staff ahead of the election on September 22nd.

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