Elections Ontario Accessible Voting Survey

Update: Blindies, you must take this survey either with NVDA or via phone. Part way through it becomes inaccessible if you’re using JAWS. There’s a place where you have to specify your knowledge level with various voting options…but there are no form fields I can see. At least it is more doable than I thought. You just have to put on ye old NVDA. But one question. Why put a graphical progress bar on a survey about accessibility?

Maybe I should have just waited before I tried to give Elections Ontario feedback. Apparently, now they have an online survey all about the accessible voting tools and stuff. Here’s the scoop on it.

In the 2011 general election, Elections Ontario made it our mission to make voting easy and put voters first. We introduced new methods and features tohelp remove barriers for all eligible Ontarians.

In our efforts to improve our services, we are seeking feedback and views on the voting experience, particularly on new features such as accessibility tools at the voting locations, accessible voting locations and voting by Special Ballot.

I am writing to ask for your help in making the 2011 Elections Evaluation Survey available. We are partnering with Ipsos Reid, a leading global market research firm, to collect data that we will use to make future decisions.

This online survey should take about 20 minutes to complete. We hope to receive the responses by November 4th. All information provided will be kept STRICTLY confidential. Results will be reported in one combined summary so individual comments can not be identified.

I would greatly appreciate it if you can forward this information to voters with disabilities who can provide us with insights on their voting experience in the 2011 provincial general election. Any questions can be directed to Elizabeth Armstrong at Elections Ontario (Elizabeth.armstrong@elections.on.ca,
416 326 1757) or Michael Howell, Senior Research Manager, Ipsos Reid Michael.Howell@Ipsos.com,
416-572-4407).

To complete this online survey, participants should click on the following link: www.ipsosresearch.com/electionsontariosurvey.

Or they may call 1-888-999-9370 (TTY compatible). 

Thank you for your assistance in helping us improve voting in Ontario.

Sincerely,
Greg Essensa

So, maybe I was unfair to poor Elections Ontario. If you voted using any of their aids to make voting more accessible, please do give them feedback. It’s good for all of us.

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