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Improving access to electoral events
In 2014, New Zealand’s Electoral Commission finalized "Access 2020". This strategy takes the improvements made over the past electoral cycles and embeds them into a longer-term framework. In addition, it provides information and resources in accessible formats and maintains relationships with the disability sector.
Electoral Commission of New Zealand, ACCESS 2020 DISABILITY STRATEGY, New Zealand
An affordable tool to make ballot papers accessible to the blind
The UBT is a voting aid made of plastic into which a ballot paper is inserted. The right front of the template has a flap that has cut-out windows numbered in braille and in large, raised white print. Each window aligns to a particular candidate or party. The UBT has been continuously used in by-elections since June 2011.
Electoral Commission of South Africa, South Africa
An Accessibility Programme for Electoral Processes
To make elections more accessible, the programme includes measures such as by placing electoral wards in accessible buildings, providing electoral staff that can communicate in sign-language, electronic voting machines accessible for blind voters, and saving the parking spots closer to the voting facilities for persons with disabilities.
Superior Electoral Court of Brazil, Electoral Justice Accessibility Programme, Brazil
New guidelines are making Mexican elections accessible
The "Protocol for the Inclusion of People with Disabilities" is a binding national protocol. It contains requirements and guidelines for the availability of Braille ballots, improved physical access for people with mobility impairments, hospital polling stations as well as the reduction of both informative and communicative barriers.
Mexican National Electoral Institute, Mexico
Increasing political participation through targeted lobbying on many levels
Measures focus on engaging with election stakeholders, but also include lobbying political contestants, holding public debates, and promoting media coverage. Successes include the involvement of people with disabilities by the Electoral Commission and the introduction of tactile ballot papers.
FEDOMA - Federation of Disability Organizations in Malawi, Malawi
Guidelines for accessible elections in Europe
The outcomes of the ADAP project include developing recommendations for accessible elections in Europe – in both regular and easy-to-read versions in 21 languages – covering legislation, accessible information, support for decision-making etc. as well as collection of good practices from 27 European countries (in 3 languages).
Inclusion Europe, France
Engaging persons with disabilities in all levels of politics
DEC-N conducts regular dialogue with political parties and local public and non-government bodies to encourage inclusive policies, and an organizational taskforce supports voter registering and participation. Since 2012, some 200 people with disabilities have participated in local planning, 1,055 have registered to vote.
DEC-Nepal - Disable Empowerment and Communication Center, Nepal
A step-by-step toolkit to monitor voter participation
IFES developed a methodology whereby people with disabilities and their organizations are trained as official observers and use checklists to collect data on access to the electoral process. As of 2018, 13 countries had employed the IFES’s methodology, resulting in the formation of a free-to-download Election Access Observation Toolkit.
IFES - International Foundation for Electoral Systems, Election Access Observation Toolkit, Indonesia
Providing accessible candidate lists and other election materials for visually impaired persons
During the Finnish parliamentary elections in 2011 the Ministry of Justice, in cooperation with FFVI, for the first time financed the production of accessible candidate lists for visually impaired persons, including audio and Braille. Since then these visual aids have been available in every election on all levels in Finland.
Finnish Federation of the Visually Impaired, Finland
Co-creating New Regulations with Local Governments
After Fundación Discapacidad y Desarrollo had identified the needs of disabled people in the province of Loja together with with local organizations and representatives, some changes were implemented at the local level. One result of the legislation is that 480 people with disabilities have now set up small businesses
Disability and Development Foundation, Ecuador