When the municipality chooses which premises are to be used as polling stations, they must ensure that it is easy for all voter groups to enter and move around the polling stations without encountering obstacles. This means that they must ensure that there is plenty of space in and around the polling stations.
The municipality must also ensure that the polling stations are well signposted and lit, so that all voters can easily find their way to the station.
When you come to cast your vote, you will be met by an election worker who will explain how voting takes place. The electoral officer can also answer any questions you may have, or make sure to find answers to your questions.
Assistance and help at the polling booth
All polling stations must have election staff who can assist with the assistance you need. The election worker can show you around the polling station and explain the procedure for casting your vote. The employee can also show you into the polling booth and give you guidance on which parties and lists are standing for election, and where the ballot papers for these are located.
If you need assistance to carry out the voting, the election worker can also help you with this. It is up to you what you need assistance with. For example, the election worker can read out all the party names for you, and then you carry out the rest of the voting yourself. The election worker can also assist you with making corrections to the ballots, or anything else you need.
After you have received the necessary assistance, the election worker leaves the polling booth. The election worker has a duty of confidentiality should he gain insight into what and who you want to vote for.
Voters with a mental or physical disability can choose an assistant themselves
Voters who have a mental or physical impairment that means they cannot vote alone can be helped at the polling booth by a person they nominate themselves, or by an election worker.
It is not necessary for an election worker to be in the polling booth if the voter wishes to receive help from a person of his or her own choosing.
Ballots with braille
For blind and partially sighted voters, there are check-off ballots with guides in Braille. The tick-off ballots contain all registered political parties, and you put a cross next to the party you want to vote for.
If you want to vote for a local list or a party that is not on the list, there is a separate field where this can be written on the ballot paper.