Voting Accessibility

Elections BC is committed to an accessible electoral process for all of our stakeholders. Election officials are trained on how to help voters access voting opportunities, and services are available to help voters with disabilities vote.

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.

During an election, Elections BC works with organizations like CNIB 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 the voting place accessibility feedback form to electionsbc@elections.bc.ca.

Assisted Telephone voting

A telephone voting option is available for voters with vision loss or who have a permanent or extended-periodic 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.

Translators at voting places

Voters can bring a translator to help them at the voting place. The translator must make a solemn declaration that they are able to act as a translator and will do so to the best of their abilities.