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A woman who is blind uses a guide dog and receives support from a poll worker to arrive at the voter registration table
Sept. 2015

Creating Accessible Voting Opportunities


Written by Elections Saskatchewan


One of the roles of an election management body is to engage the public and meet its needs and expectations for better information and services, better voting opportunities, higher levels of security and privacy protection, and improved accessibility services.


Working to Make Voting More Accessible


Before the 27th General Election in November 2011, Elections Saskatchewan made several changes in order to ...

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An older woman smiles at the camera, wearing a bright blue shirt and red and yellow necklaces
Aug. 2015

Political Participation by Women with Disabilities in Areas Affected by Conflict

Written by Jessica Huber, International Foundation for Electoral Systems


Despite making up half of the population, women are excluded from equal political participation by prohibitive power dynamics embedded in culture, institutions and legal systems, all conditions which are exacerbated during conflict. For the disability community, the primary challenge involves a deeply disproportionate lack of services and the resultant exclusion from political processes at local, national and international levels. Women ...

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A man using a wheelchair looks up at a presentation board with writing on it.
July 2015

Persons with disability in Kosovo raising their voices

Written by Alan Wall and Brikena Avdyli, International Foundation for Electoral Systems


At the 2014 National Elections in Kosovo, the disability community was widely engaged in election observation for the first time, with 230 persons with disabilities deployed for the Disability Access Monitoring Mission. This observation mission was a part of IFES Kosovo’s USAID-funded project “Increasing Inclusion and Mitigating Violence in Electoral Processes”, and was implemented by IFES’s local ...

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