Elections Ontario, in complying with the Accessibility Standards for Customer Service and the Ontario Human Rights Code, have implemented a number of services that make the voting process more accessible for people with disabilities.  At the municipal level, when the Ontario Elections Act was amended in 2009, it incorporated the following clauses.

 

12.1  (1)  A clerk who is responsible for conducting an election shall have regard to the needs of electors and candidates with disabilities. 2009, c. 33, Sched. 21, s. 8 (8).

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(2)  Within 90 days after voting day in a regular election, the clerk shall submit a report to council about the identification, removal and prevention of barriers that affect electors and candidates with disabilities. 2009, c. 33, Sched. 21, s. 8 (8).

 

As a result, municipalities are required to foster an accessible and inclusive election, and voting process, for all residents including people with disabilities.

 

On another topic, with the U.S. Presidential election happening tomorrow, are there any clauses, within the Americans with Disabilities Act, that speak directly to elections?  If not, is there any other legislation that requires polling stations, and the voting process as a whole, to be made accessible and inclusive?

 

Thanks,

 

Darren Cooper
Coordinator, Accessibility
Executive Services
Town of Milton
Tel: 905-878-7252, ext. 2534
Fax: 905-876-5022
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From: The Disability-Research Discussion List [mailto:[log in to unmask]] On Behalf Of LILITH Finkler
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Subject: Re: Participating in elections

 

well, I do know that here in Canada, there is a campaign to ensure election accessibility. I will forward you some of the e-mails under separate cover. 

I also just came across a video about psychiatric inpatients who 

obtained the right to vote in federal elections in Canada in 1988. See link to video below..Lilith

 

http://www.cbc.ca/archives/categories/politics/rights-freedoms/voting-in-canada-how-a-privilege-became-a-right/lifting-restrictions-on-mental-patients.html Voting Video 

 

http://www.cbc.ca/archives/ CBC Digital Archives Home Page


Date: Mon, 5 Nov 2012 13:08:47 +0000
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Subject: Participating in elections
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Does anyone know anything about elections and disability, specifically in relation to the accessibility of candidate/party manifestoes? 

 

In England we're having an election for Police and Crime Commissioners. There's been a lot said in the media questioning the reasons behind these newly created roles. In particular the lack of information about candidates has been notably, with candidate/party websites being the only real source of information except one public information website.

 

I contacted five candidates in my area to ask whether they had any literature in alternative formats. Only one replied offering help with this matter, whilst another apologised that this was not possible due to 'limits in available resources'. 

 

I'm wondering whether this is legal and proper, because it clearly isn't ethical.

 

Thanks,

 

Chris

 

 

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