Voting Aid

Because of a change in the law, the Home Office required there to be a way to help blind and partially sighted people to vote without assistance. Traditionally they had to take an assistant into the booth to help them cast their vote. The law insists all ballot papers be the same so that ruled out any electronic systems.

We designed a simple, low cost, die cut plastic template for Pakflatt with a series of 'doors' with integral living hinge, each of which is marked, with an embossed number and with the Braille equivalent. The voter can locate the correct door by touch and thus make their mark in confidence. Because of its flexible, low tech tooling Selector can be cut to length to suit the size of any ballot paper.

At launch, over 60,000 Selectors were ordered by the Home Office and the Design Council chose it as one of the hundred best examples of British Design for the Great Expectations Exhibition in New York.