Alrighty, here’s the updated updated Elections Ontario accessibility scoop. Isn’t this so much fun?
I have found our returning office, and it’s in a pretty sweet location all things considered. The address is 292 Speedvale Avenue West, and it’s in Unit 1 in that plaza at the very least. I have heard reports that they have units 1, 3, 5, 7 and 9, and we saw signs on at least 3 doors saying Elections Ontario, but the woman who answered the phone there said that they at least had Unit 1. If you’re still looking at me with confused eyes, have some more info. It’s in a little plaza with Ample Annie’s roadhouse near the intersection of Speedvale Avenue West and Silvercreek Parkway North. It is also on the 22 Conestoga bus route. Still confused? Give them a call at 1-866-271-6877 and ask ’em more questions. Note: that number is only for the Guelph office.
It’ll be a little bit of a jaunt for me, but I don’t care. I’m going there to vote because I will be able to vote independently. Plus I want to at least know that the machine got used once.
And big props to the lady at the returning office. When I called her and asked what the starting date was for the assistive tech being available, she didn’t know what I meant and said they hadn’t received such tech. But she went and looked it up and confirmed that yes, it would be available after September 21.
Now, I’m going to do a little test before I write this next part.
Great Caesar’s Ghost! It works! I guess I don’t have to talk about that whole info being in an image thing. It’s so not in an image anymore. But I do have to chuckle that they didn’t mention anything about returning offices or officers until the writ was dropped…even though the returning offices had phone numbers, locations and signs. I guess you have to be uber technical about things. And even if that’s the case, why not put a message up saying that specific info would not be available until after September 7. Don’t keep me guessing! But the info is up now, so that’s all that matters.
I’m sure the elections folk thought I was a little too much of a keener, calling yesterday looking for info, but I have to plan for stuff. If the office is difficult to get to, I have to learn how to get there. I’m determined to use that machine goddamn it and I want to make sure all the ducks are in a row to use it.
And one more thing. If you want to use the machine, I have heard mixed things about whether or not an appointment is necessary. So, find out where your returning office and/or satelite returning office is and find out whether you need to book an appointment. Mine said don’t worry about it.
The machines will be available starting September 21 until October 5. For anyone who might benefit from them, pleeease use them! I probably seem overly dramatic about this, but if we don’t use them, they won’t think the demand is there. And please spread the word to others who might also benefit from them.
So that’s the latest and greatest of what I know. Probably the next thing I write on this topic will be all about using the machine and how it goes. Happy voting when the time comes.