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Accessible Voting

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.

New Poll Model for the Scarborough—Rouge River By-election:

In the electoral district of Scarborough—Rouge River, Elections Ontario will be using electronic poll books and vote tabulators which feature assistive voting technologies that enable all electors to vote independently in all advance poll voting locations. Learn more about the New Poll Model available in Scarborough—Rouge River during advance polls.

Scarborough—Rouge River Returning Office:

10 Milner Business Court
Unit #708
Scarborough, ON
M1B 3C6

Telephone: 1-866-537-4069

Monday-Saturday 10am-8pm

Sunday 12pm-5pm

 

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.

Note: Assistive Voting Technology will also be available at all advance poll locations during the Scarborough—Rouge River by-election.

 

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:

For more information please contact the Scarborough—Rouge River Returning office.

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