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2010 By-elections – Assistive Voting Device Pilot Project

Image of an elector using the assistive voting device

Elections Canada is piloting an assistive voting device during the Winnipeg North federal by‑election. The device allows electors with disabilities to mark their ballots independently and in secrecy. It does not store information or count votes.

Features include:

  • Tactile controller with Braille buttons
  • Rocker paddles
  • Sip-and-puff attachment that allows voters to select options using their breath
  • Audio with volume and speed control to hear choices through headphones
  • High-contrast screen with text that can be made bigger
  • Audio and/or visual review function to confirm choice of candidate before printing ballot

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