Media Bulletin - New voting machines to assist voters with disabilities in the provincial by-election



    TORONTO, Feb. 13 /CNW/ - Elections Ontario will pilot new electronic vote
tabulators equipped with ballot marking devices during advance polls in the
Haliburton-Kawartha Lakes-Brock by-election. The ballot marking device will
allow electors with visual impairments or physical disabilities to mark their
ballot independently.
    Electors who use the ballot marker will be given headphones that allow
them to listen to the names of the candidates and make their selection using a
large keypad marked with Braille and other symbols. The ballot marking device
then produces a ballot which is inserted into the tabulator.
    These machines are also equipped with foot pedals and a "sip and puff"
device to allow voters with physical disabilities to choose their candidate
independently. Voters with limited vision can use the zoom control allowing
the ballot to be shown onscreen in larger fonts.
    "The secret ballot is the cornerstone of our democracy. Now for the first
time in an Ontario provincial election, electors with disabilities can
exercise their right to mark their ballot independently," said Greg Essensa,
Chief Electoral Officer.

    
    Media are invited to view the equipment at a demonstration at the local
    returning office.

    When:     Thursday, February 19, at 10 a.m.

    Where:    Haliburton-Kawartha Lakes-Brock Returning Office
              Town and Country Mall, 55 Angeline Street North, Lindsay

    What:     Demonstration of ballot marking devices to be used in the
              by-election

    R.S.V.P.: By Wednesday, February 18 to (416) 212-6186/1 866 252-2152

    Advance poll dates and times are listed on www.elections.on.ca. Eligible
    electors may vote at any one of the advance polls in the electoral
    district.

    Elections Ontario is the non-partisan agency responsible for administering
provincial elections, by-elections and referenda.

    Disponible en français
    




For further information:

For further information: Elections Ontario Media Relations: (416)
212-6186, 1-866-252-2152, media@elections.on.ca


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