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Voters with Disabilities

Elections BC is committed to improving accessibility to the electoral process for all eligible voters in B.C. Election officials are trained on how to help voters with accessibility challenges, and services are available to help voters with disabilities vote.

Meeting Your Needs

Getting help marking your ballot

Voters can get help marking their ballot if they have a disability or difficulty reading or writing. Tell the election official at the voting place if you need help marking your ballot.

Resources for blind or sight-impaired voters

Braille candidate lists, large print ballot posters and plastic ballot templates are available at all voting places to help blind or sight-impaired voters mark their ballot.

Elections BC recently made election ballots bigger to make them easier to read.

During an election, Elections BC works with organizations like CNIB and ASIC to ensure that blind and sight-impaired voters are aware of the voting opportunities and services available to them.

Voting place accessibility

All advance voting places and many general voting places are wheelchair accessible. Voters who can’t enter a voting place can vote outside the building (at the curb or in the parking lot).

Elections BC values feedback on voting place accessibility. If you would like to provide feedback, please complete and submit this form to electionsbc@elections.bc.ca.

Telephone Voting

A telephone voting option is available for voters with vision loss or who have a disability that restricts their ability to vote independently at other voting opportunities.

Voters who choose to vote by telephone will be assisted by an operator throughout the process. Measures have been put in place to ensure the secrecy of the ballot for voters voting by telephone.

In order to vote by telephone, your voter registration information must be up-to-date. Please visit the Elections BC website elections.bc.ca or call 1-800-661-8683 before Tuesday, April 11, 2017 if you have any questions or to make sure that you are registered.

Voters who meet the eligibility requirements may call 1-800-661-8683 at the following times to vote by telephone:

Wednesday, April 19 – Monday, May 8, 2017

• Noon – 6 p.m. (Monday to Friday only)

Tuesday, May 9, 2017

• Noon – 4 p.m.