"The Committee recalls that, under article 29 of the Convention, the State party is required to adapt its voting procedures, by ensuring that they are “appropriate, accessible and easy to understand and use”, and, where necessary, allowing persons with disabilities, upon their request, assistance in voting. It is by so doing that the State party will ensure that persons with intellectual disabilities cast a competent vote, on an equal basis with others, while guaranteeing voting secrecy."
DocumentUN (CRPD): Views of the Committee on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities under Article 5 of the Optional Protocol to the Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities (Tenth Session) Concerning Communication No. 4/2011, para. 9.6
- Voting procedures, facilities, and materials should be appropriate, accessible, and easy to use for persons with disabilities.
- Except in cases where a voter is being lawfully assisted, voters cannot waive their right to secrecy of the ballot.
- Voters with special needs, including persons with disabilities and the elderly, can be assisted in voting by a trusted person of choice.
- Reasonable accommodations should be made to all existing infrastructure, materials, communication and services to enable the participation of persons with disabilities on an equal basis with others.