We strive to make voting accessible to all electors. Here are some steps we have taken to make voting an inclusive experience for persons with disabilities.
Assistive Voting Technology (AVT)
Elections Ontario offers Assistive Voting Technology in all returning and satellite offices which allows persons with disabilities to cast their ballot secretly and independently. Assistive Voting Technology is available at the returning office and satellite offices from the first day of advance polls through to the day before Election Day at 6PM.
Voters who choose to use the Assistive Voting Technology device will be able to listen to the ballot choices and make their selection using 3 controller options:
- The Audio Tactile Interface or ATI controller: It includes large raised buttons and bright colours and has Braille inscriptions. The controller is also described by audio.
- Paddles: For voters who cannot use the keypad, there are red and blue paddles which can be pressed using hands, feet or even elbows. The paddles are labeled L for left and R for right.
- Sip and Puff Technology: The Sip and Puff technology is a method used to send signals to a device using air pressure by "sipping" (inhaling) or "puffing" (exhaling) into a straw.
In addition to Assistive Voting Technology, we also provide the following accessible services:
At the polls:
- We teach our election officials how to provide customer service in an accessible manner.
- We make sure all our voting locations meet our site accessibility standards.
- Election officials can bring the ballot box outside the voting location to make the process more accessible.
- If electors would like to transfer to another voting location that better meets your accessibility needs, they can apply at the returning office to have their voting location transferred. This must be done before Election Day.
When casting your ballot:
- We provide magnifiers and easy-grip pencils.
- We provide ballot templates with Braille numbering and cut outs, which help electors with limited or no vision, mark their ballot independently.
- Electors may bring a friend or support person to assist with marking their ballot.
- Electors who require it may book an American Sign Language interpreter from the Canadian Hearing Society to accompany them to vote. Elections Ontario will cover the cost of the interpreter.
Alternative voting options: