When municipalities select polling stations, they have to ensure access to and inside the polling station. This means that it must be easy for all groups of voters to enter the polling station without encountering any obstacles. It must also be easy for all groups of voters to move around inside the polling station without encountering any obstacles. This means that municipalities have to ensure that there is plenty of space in and around the polling station. Municipalities also have to ensure that the polling station is well signposted and lit, so that all voters can easily find their way around the building.
When you arrive to cast your vote, you will be met by an election official who will explain how to do so. The election official can also answer any questions you may have or find answers to your questions.
Assistance and help in the polling booth
All polling stations must have election officials who can provide any assistance you may need. An election official can show you around the polling station and explain the procedure for voting to you. The election official can also show you to the polling booth and provide guidance on which parties and lists are standing for election, and where the ballot papers for them are.
If you need assistance with casting your vote, an election official can also help you with this. It is up to you to decide what you need assistance with. For example, an election official can read out all the party names for you and then you can complete the rest of the voting process yourself. They can also help you make changes to the ballot papers or anything else you need.
Election officials have a duty of confidentiality regarding anything they may learn about what and who you intend to vote for.
Voters who, due to mental or physical disabilities, cannot vote alone, can, if they want, be assisted by a returning officer or someone else chosen by the voter themself. A returning officer will decide whether the voter meets the criteria for receiving help, and the helper will be subject to a duty of confidentiality.
If you are visually impaired or blind, cross-off ballot papers with guidance in Braille are available. These ballot papers include all of the registered political parties, and you check off the party you wish to vote for. If you wish to vote for a local list/party that is not listed, there is a separate field where it can be written in on the ballot paper.