Information Request: Was the provincial election accessible to voters with mental health disabilities?
During the recent provincial election, did you or someone you know experience any accessibility barriers related to a mental health issue or disability? If so, please share your feedback to help make the next Ontario election even more accessible to voters with mental health issues or disabilities.
The Canadian Mental Health Association, Ontario Division (CMHA Ontario), is a member of the Elections Ontario Accessibility Advisory Committee and has been working to promote greater accessibility of provincial elections for individuals with mental health issues or disabilities. To support this work, we would like to know what factors made it difficult for individuals with mental health disabilities to vote.
Mental health consumers, family members, service providers and other concerned individuals are encouraged to share feedback by email or phone by November 11, 2011.
Examples of accessibility issues may include: issues related to ID or residence requirements; lack of transportation to the polls; experiences of discrimination or stigma; lessened mobility due to mental health disability; or other circumstances that prevented an individual from participating in the election.
To share feedback, please contact Sheela Subramanian, Planning and Policy Analyst at CMHA Ontario, by email firstname.lastname@example.org or by phone at 1-800-875-6213 ext. 4157.