Letter: Forced into cynicism by our undemocratic way of voting

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The Independent Online
Sir: Candidates from all parties must not forget that there are on average 10,000 disabled people in each constituency - which in marginal seats could be enough to influence the outcome of the election. But will disabled voters be able to get in to their local polling booth to cast their vote?

Scope's research at the last election, found that only 12 per cent of polling stations were fully accessible for disabled people. This is an outrage. Scope calls on all parties to ensure that improvements are made this year to polling stations, access to public meetings and election materials.

If all 6.5 million disabled people in this country were able to exercise their democratic rights, we might see a real change in the country's political agenda.

RICHARD BREWSTER

Chief Executive

Scope (formerly The Spastics Society)

London W1

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