TORONTO, Sept. 21, 2011 /CNW/ - Ten days of advance polls begin today
and will run until September 30 at locations across Ontario. The dates,
times and locations of advance polls are listed online at wemakevotingeasy.ca through an interactive "Where Do I Vote" tool as well as in local
newspapers across Ontario. This information was also included on the
Notice of Registration Card that was mailed to more than 8.8 million
registered voters this week.
Voters are reminded to bring their Notice of Registration Card and
identification with them when they go to vote. A full list of acceptable identification is listed on the Elections Ontario website.
Qualified voters who did not receive a Notice of Registration card can
still vote. Elections Ontario customer service representatives are
standing by to help voters find out where to vote and what they need to
vote. Customer service representatives can be reach at 1-888-ONT-VOTE
or at email@example.com.
Today also marks the first day voters can use assistive voting
technology to help them cast their ballot at local returning offices
and satellite offices. Assistive voting technology allows voters to
cast their ballot secretly and independently. It consists of a
tabulator, which counts ballots cast, the printer, which prints the
ballot once selection has been made, headphones to listen to the audio
cues and controllers.
The assistive voting technology uses audio instructions and provides
options which assist voters to cast their ballot. These options
include an audio tactile interface (large raised buttons with bright
colours and Braille inscriptions), paddles or sip and puff technology
(a device using air pressure by "sipping" (inhaling) or "puffing"
(exhaling) into a straw). It will be available for 15 days, between
September 21 and October 5 at 144 locations across Ontario.
"This is the first time in a provincial general election that voters
with disabilities will be able to use assistive voting technology which
will allow them to vote with independence and secrecy," said Greg
Essensa, Ontario's Chief Electoral Officer. "It's a key part of our
commitment to offer more choice to Ontario's voters."
Elections Ontario is the non-partisan agency responsible for
administering provincial elections, by-elections and referenda.
SOURCE Elections Ontario
For further information:
Elections Ontario Media Relations
416.212.6186 / 1.866.252.2152
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