The Severinus polling station in Veldhoven has made arrangements for blind and partially sighted people to vote easily.
Veldhoven is the only place in the South of The Netherlands that is participating in the test. Only three other municipalities are also taking part; The Hague, Utrecht, and Zeist.
How does it work?
The voting process for the visually impaired is eased by a special template with holes on the ballot. The voter gets to hear which parties are on the list by means of headphones. Through the use of several buttons, they can indicate which party candidates must be read out. On the template, they can feel which column must be selected for the right party and the right candidate. When the voter has made a choice, the desired box can be coloured red with a pencil.
The municipality has, in cooperation with the Cordaad Foundation, arranged transportation for the blind and visually impaired who would like to vote independently. They can call the following number to make a pick-up appointment: 040 253 67 89.
Translated by: Bob