Media Bulletin - Services for Electors with Special Needs



    TORONTO, Sept. 2 /CNW/ - Accommodating measures for electors with special
needs are in place for the September 17 by-election in the Electoral District
of St. Paul's.
    At the Returning Office advance poll electors will cast their ballot
using a vote tabulator. If they want, they can vote using audio headphones and
a large keypad marked with Braille, foot pedals 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 St. Paul's 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.
    On Election Day, all voting locations will have magnifiers and 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 the local returning office at 1-866-566-0877. 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, 1-866-252-2152, media@elections.on.ca


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