Coalition Wants Feedback On Poll Access
By Dave Reynolds, Inclusion Daily Express
November 25, 2003
BELFAST, NORTHERN IRELAND--Disability Action, a coalition of 200 disability-related groups, is urging voters with disabilities to participate in its accessibility survey following this week's Northern Ireland Assembly Election.
The organization's Polls Apart campaign is following up on studies done in the past several years that have showed more than one-half of Northern Ireland's polling places are not accessible to voters with disabilities.
People who vote, and those who do not vote because of the barriers to access, are encouraged to provide feedback to Disability Action.
"One in five people in Northern Ireland has a disability and most are eligible to vote," said Disability Action chief executive Monica Wilson.
"However, we have the ridiculous situation where some of us will be unable to take part in the election because we cannot gain access to the polling station or read election materials."
The results of the surveys will be reported to the Electoral Commission.
Wilson also encouraged voters to let politicians know about their accessibility concerns when they canvass their neighborhoods.
Disability Action Polls Apart Survey