Media Bulletin - Services for electors with special needs



    TORONTO, Feb. 19 /CNW/ - Elections Ontario is reminding electors with a
disability that accommodating measures are in place for the March 5
by-election in Haliburton-Kawartha Lakes-Brock.
    New this by-election at advance polls, Elections Ontario will pilot
electronic vote tabulators equipped with ballot marking devices. The ballot
marking device will allow electors with a disability to mark their ballot
independently using audio headphones and a large keypad or a "sip and puff"
device.
    Voter information has been distributed through a range of channels and
diverse formats including Braille, large print and audio to reach electors
with special needs.
    The Haliburton-Kawartha Lakes-Brock returning office and advance polls
are wheelchair accessible. In addition, most Election Day voting locations are
wheelchair accessible. If the voting location is accessible, it will be
indicated on the elector's Notice of Registration card and on Elections
Ontario's website www.elections.on.ca.
    Electors with restricted mobility also have the option to transfer to
another voting location in their electoral district for more convenient access
to vote on Election Day.
    All voting locations will have magnifiers, ballot templates with raised
numbers, Braille and cutouts to assist voters with low vision in marking their
ballots.
    Pens and pads will be provided to aid communication in the poll by people
who are deaf or hard of hearing. Electors may also request a sign language
interpreter to help communicate with poll officials. This must be pre-arranged
through the Canadian Hearing Society's Ontario Interpreting Services.
    Electors who are unable to vote in person at an advance poll or on
Election Day, can appoint a qualified elector to vote on their behalf by
proxy. To learn more about voting by proxy visit, www.elections.on.ca.
    For more information on Elections Ontario's outreach program visit
www.elections.on.ca or call 1 866 850-0482. For TTY line services please call
us at 1 888-292-2312.

    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, (866) 252-2152, media@elections.on.ca


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