Voting / Elections

Audience: Voting
Runtime: 1.10 min.
Focus: Colin Phillips on communication access when voting

In addition to general communication barriers, we may experience unique communication barriers when voting. These include:

  • Election officers and staff not knowing how we communicate
  • Lack of support we might need to assist with reading and marking the ballot
  • Lack of information about accessibility accommodations offered at voting stations
  • Restriction from using our preferred method of marking a ballot such as our own device, switches or assistant
  • Too few locations that have accessible, assistive devices for voting
  • Polling stations may not have the access methods we need to mark our ballot independently (e.g. switch, type of speed of scanning) or the information displayed in ways we can see and use
  • Inability to use the internet or telephone to vote