Yesterday NSW had an election. It was a landslide. that many others will no doubt talk of for many days to come.
Picking up on a post from Mary over at HAT, yes I think she might be right. From what I saw in the literature, there was a higher number of “baseline” accessible venues.
But I never left the house to vote.
I iVoted. At home. On my own laptop. More privately than I did more than once at a polling place.
Designed for people with vision impairment who use screen readers and various other disabilities – they broadened it out to allow travelling folks to feel included too.
The information on the iVote website read:
You can vote before Polling Day using iVote if:
- your vision is so impaired, or you are otherwise so physically incapacitated or so illiterate, that you are unable to vote without assistance,
- you are unable to vote without assistance or have difficulty voting at a polling place because you have a disability (within the meaning of the Anti-Discrimination Act 1977),
- your real place of living is not within 20 kilometres, by the nearest practicable route, of a polling place; or
- you will not be in New South Wales throughout the hours of polling on polling day
The process was painless enough for the fact it was hard to see the bigger Legislative Council in its entirety, and I had to do this sequentially as opposed to top and tailing it as I normally do.
Yes I would do it again. But my question is; is this going to simply be a work around so the various electoral commissions don’t need to improve the distances to and percentages of accessible venues. I hope not. But sadly I fear so
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