Your guide to barrier-free voting in Markham’s municipal election

From online voting using a computer or mobile device to voting equipment with audio ballots that allow visually-impaired voters to vote in total privacy, the City of Markham is committed to providing barrier-free and environmentally-friendly voting in this fall’s municipal election.

Eligible voters can cast their ballot online or in line during voting days from Oct. 12 to 22.

If you plan to vote online:

• Don’t share your unique online voting PIN (personal identification number) with others. Municipal staff, candidates and law enforcement officials should never ask for it. Contact Markham’s Voter Assistance Helpline at 905.477.7000, ext. 8683 (VOTE) immediately if you’re asked to share your PIN via email, text, social media or in person.
• If you’ve lost your PIN, contact the Voter Assistance Helpline immediately to get a new one and to have your old PIN deactivated.
• It’s illegal to vote using a PIN that isn’t yours. It’s also illegal to post a photo or selfie with your ballot on social media or elsewhere.
• Never use a candidate’s mobile device to vote, nor should you ever be asked to share proof of who you voted for with anyone. You cannot vote more than once in a municipality, no matter how many properties you own or rent.

Accessibility options, available to all eligible voters, during the 2018 Markham municipal election include:

Voter Assistance Centres: If you don’t have access to a computer or mobile device to vote or you require assistance, visit any Voter Assistance Centre across Markham. All locations are fully accessible. Election officials have been trained to assist voters in marking their ballot. A relative or friend of an eligible voter may also assist in marking their ballot. The appropriate oath of a relative or friend will be administered by an election official. Service animals are also welcome at all Voter Assistance Centres.

Audio assistance: Visually-impaired voters can vote in total privacy using voting equipment with an audio ballot. The voter will hear the list of candidates through headphones. The synthesized voice enables voters to control speed and volume. Choices may be repeated easily. Selections are read back to the voter at end of session, ensuring proper selections were made prior to casting ballot.

Sip and puff and paddles: Voting equipment will be outfitted with assistive tools like sip and puff and paddles to enable eligible voters with disabilities to mark their ballot independently.

Magnifying sheets: These are available upon request at all Voter Assistance Centres to help voters with low vision to read and mark their ballot.

Pen grips: Grips in various sizes will be available at all Voter Assistance Centres to assist voters with marking the ballot with marking pens.

Additional assistance: If you need assistance during voting days, contact the Voter Assistance Helpline at 905.477.7000 x 8683 (VOTE) or email, vote@markham.ca from 8 a.m. to 8 p.m. from Oct. 12 to 22. Check out the vote with confidence handout or visit markhamvotes.ca for more information.

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