§ Sir A. SINCLAIR
asked the Secretary for Scotland whether he is aware that blind people are not allowed the choice of an assistant to enable them to record their vote at a General Election; and whether he will issue a Regulation that a blind man shall be allowed to rely upon the assistance of his wife, or of some other member of his own family, instead of the returning officer if he so prefers?
§ Sir J. GILMOUR
The Ballot Act, 1872, provides that, on the application of any voter who is incapacitated by blindness from voting in the prescribed manner, the presiding officer shall take special steps to enable such voter to record his or her vote. I have no power to make any Regulation of the nature referred to in the last part of the question.