Ellen Roseman

Personal finance columnist at the Toronto Star and previously the Globe and Mail. My passion is consumer advocacy and making sense of money

Sep 14, 2021
Published on: LinkedIn
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Important information for people with disabilities who can’t leave home to cast their ballot in the federal election. The deadline for applying is Tuesday, Sept. 14, before 6 pm.

FYI Jagmeet Singh, #TorontoCentreNDP, #NDP team everywhere: I voted for Brian Chang yesterday afternoon = In-home option for home-bound &/or "mobility-challenged" #PWD like me not able to get out to "advance" or Sept. 20/21 polling stations...
And for whom mail-in ballots also present practical "#accessibility" barrier challenge -- particularly in multi-unit dwellings where mailbox delivery not to one's actual unit door but to "general mailbox area" located at buildings' ground-floor level...
Ditto, if even able receive the "mail-in ballot kit" "in time", still confronted with accessibility barrier challenge of not being able to get completed mail-in ballot to #CanadaPost mailbox or outlet, local riding #ElectionsCanada office, etc. in time to "guarantee" delivered by #elxn44 "in-hand by Sept. 20/21" deadline = so every vote cast counts...
It's only very recently (Sunday I'm pretty certain, because I've been monitoring this almost daily):
That this vital information for #disabled constituents was added -- and also the updated info wasn't included in the #ElectionsCanadaGuide pamphlet recently mailed to #constituents along with their #elector I.D. cards late last week...
It was only when I again logged into the Elections Canada website Sunday evening that I came across a new sidebar "Electors with a disability" announcement alert on the "Special Ballot" website page which confirmed disabled constituents who couldn't otherwise vote re aforementioned options, could now vote in-home and to call their local Elections Canada office to arrange same:
Note the deadline to apply for PWD in-home vote visit/appt. option is tomorrow, Tues. Sept. 14/21 before 6:00 pm...
If this option hadn't been made available, for sure, I wouldn't have been able to vote in this SO crucial #federalelection2021 -- particularly given the short #campaign timeline which imposes other constraints flagged above...
Hope you'll share this info widely, as millions of #Canadian voters may be facing same dilemma I had!
& FYI, you really have to look for it, easy to miss:
Since Elections Canada hasn't made it easy to find this crucial #votersrights #PWDvoterrights info -- it's at the very bottom of that particular website page, on the right side ... & only referenced in one other place ("buried" deep in that website page's "barrage" of text = easily able to miss it entirely, only just found it now)...
Nor is it prominently referenced anywhere: i.e., Elections Canada's home page, etc., doesn't highlight this "PWD in-home vote option" info or provide direct hyperlink to correct website page/s to find details = systemic #ableism from my POV...
I presume there's French & other languages' equivalent, too -- as well as accessible options for voters who're blind, or have other #disability constraints.
Good luck, everyone -- here's English-language Elections Canada website link: https://lnkd.in/dUS3uvqK

#CanadaVotes #cdnpoli

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