Based on the demographics of Greater Sudbury, it is estimated that there are roughly 24,000 to 26,000 citizens with disabilities living in our community. The City of Greater Sudbury is committed to providing an accessible election for all voters and candidates. The City is taking steps to remove barriers that may prevent voters from exercising their right to vote and affect candidates with disabilities.
The 2018 Municipal and School Board Election will offer a number of accessible voting options including:
Electronic Voting Anywhere, Anytime
Voters will be able to cast their electronic ballot anytime from a variety of electronic devices. Electronic ballots can be cast from home or at Electronic Voting Locations.
- During the entire voting period, Voter Help Centres will be set up at the City’s Citizen Service Centres and Libraries for those who would like to receive assistance in casting their electronic vote. On Election Day, assistance will also be available at the regular Electronic Voting Locations. Details regarding the type and level of assistance available at Voter Help Centres and Electronic Voting Locations will be posted at a later date.
Interaction with Assistive Technologies
- Electronic voting allows increased rights of privacy to voters with disabilities who may find voting at traditional paper based voting locations more difficult, as they have the ability to vote with little or no assistance required from others. They can use their personal assistive technologies to interact with the electronic voting system anywhere.
- Voters with disabilities can also use the built-in electronic voting system accessibility features to enlarge the font size and adjust the colour contrast.
In addition to the above voting options, measures to address barriers for persons with disabilities and the accessibility of voting locations will be considered through consultation with the Accessibility Advisory Panel.