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2010 By-elections – Assistive Voting Device Pilot Project – Transcript of video

Assistive Voting Device Video
Overview and Script


This video shows a simulation of how the assistive voting device can be used to assist electors with various disabilities in marking their ballots independently. The device also allows electors to vote in secrecy through the use of a privacy screen, headphones and a secrecy box placed over the printer. The device marks a regular ballot that, once deposited into the ballot box, is indistinguishable from others and is counted according to Elections Canada's usual process.


Elections Canada is working to make voting easier by providing new options for electors with various abilities.

Winnipeg North voters will have the opportunity to try a new assistive voting device during the federal by-election. This device allows voters with disabilities to mark their ballots independently and in secrecy.

The assistive voting device will be helpful to voters who have visual impairments or limited dexterity.

The device has:

  • An easy-to-read screen with high contrast and the option to make the text bigger;

  • A tactile controller with Braille buttons;

  • A sip and puff attachment that allows voters to select options using their breath;

  • A rocker paddle that allows voters with limited dexterity to navigate the list of candidates using various parts of the body such as hands or feet;

  • An audio track that allows voters to hear instructions and candidates' names through headphones;

The device also works with cochlear implants and the individual seen here connected her headset directly into the device.

The assistive voting device doesn't store information or count votes.

When electors come to a polling site, they will be asked if they require assistance to vote.

If an elector chooses to use the device, here's how it works:

  1. Voter selects the language of his choice and the features he would like to use.

  2. Instructions are then provided.

  3. When voter is ready, a list of candidates is presented and the voter can navigate through the choices at his own speed.

  4. Once a choice has been made, an audio and/or visual ballot review takes place to confirm the voter's choice before the ballot is printed.

  5. The device then marks a regular ballot, which is placed in the ballot box and counted with other ballots. Ballots marked with the assistive voting device are indistinguishable from those marked by hand.

The assistive voting devices are available to voters in Winnipeg North and can be used at advance polls and at the local Elections Canada office. For details, refer to your voter information card, which is mailed to your home, or contact us.

For more information about the assistive voting device, call our toll free number at 1-866-294-6772.

Our toll-free TTY number is 1-800-361-8935.

You can also visit us online at or in person at 1865, Burrows Avenue, in Winnipeg.