Elections Canada

Elections Canada

August 23, 2007 09:14 ET

Voting is Accessible to All Electors

OTTAWA, ONTARIO--(Marketwire - Aug. 23, 2007) - The Chief Electoral Officer of Canada, Marc Mayrand, would like to inform electors about the accessibility of the electoral system, in particular those electors who may have special needs or language requirements.

All polling stations are required to have level access; however, there are exceptional circumstances where a polling station may not be accessible to electors with disabilities. The accessibility of polling stations is indicated on the voter information card that is sent to every registered elector. If an elector is assigned to a polling station that does not have level access, he or she can ask to vote at another polling station that is accessible within the electoral district by phoning the local Elections Canada office up to and including election day. Previously, the request had to be made at least three days in advance of election day.

"Elections Canada is introducing new measures to better accommodate electors with visual impairments," said Mr. Mayrand. "A new, large-size ballot mock-up and an improved voting template will be available at all polling stations in the upcoming by-elections."

Electors can continue to request on-site sign language and other language interpretation services through the local Elections Canada office until 6:00 p.m. (local time) on Thursday, September 13, 2007. Interpretation services are available for electors who are deaf or hard of hearing or for electors who do not understand English or French.

A range of information for electors is available in languages other than English and French, as well as in alternative formats (large print, Braille, audio-cassette and diskette). A toll-free telephone number (TTY 1-800-361-8935) is available for persons who are deaf or hard of hearing, and sections of Elections Canada's Web site are accessible to electors with impaired vision.

By-elections will be held in Outremont, Saint-Hyacinthe-Bagot and Roberval-Lac-Saint-Jean on Monday, September 17, 2007.

Elections Canada is an independent body set up by Parliament.

IMPORTANT! Changes have been made to the Canada Elections Act. All electors MUST prove their identity and residential address when they vote. For more detailed information on voter identification, visit www.elections.ca.

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