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:
- We provide assistive voting technology at advance poll voting locations and in returning offices. Voters can mark and verify their ballots independently using this technology, which includes audio instructions and ballot options as well as Braille options. We also provide options—such as large buttons, paddles and “sip and puff” technology—for voters with reduced mobility.
- 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.
- We offer a vote by mail option.
- We offer a vote by home or hospital visit option.
- We provide magnifiers and easy-grip pencils for those who need them.
- We provide ballot templates with Braille numbering and cutouts, which help electors with limited or no vision, mark their ballot independently.
- Electors who require it may bring a friend or support person to assist with marking the 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.
We provide two additional options:
- Election officials can bring the ballot box outside the voting location to make the process more accessible.
- If you would like to transfer to another voting location that better suits your accessibility needs, you can apply at the returning office to have your voting location transferred. This must be done before Election Day.