Automark ballot marking device to enable voters with visual or physical disabilities to view and mark their ballots independently
A hearing loop system available to voters with compatible hearing aids or cochlear implants that have a telecoil
October 18, 2021
On Election Day, voters who require additional physical support or assistance are encouraged to vote at City Hall, the centrally located voting station, on Election Day. This is a city-wide voting station available to all Edmonton voters. An Automark ballot marking device and hearing loop system will be available.
Special ballots are available to voters who are unable to vote during Advance Voting (October 4-13) or on Election Day (October 18) because of:
Absence from the local jurisdiction (city of Edmonton), or
Being a Returning Officer, Deputy Returning Officer, Substitute Returning Officer, constable, candidate, official agent or scrutineer who may be located on Election Day at a voting station other than that of the voter’s place of residence
Voting Technology and Supports
Automark Ballot Marking Device
Automark ballot marking devices enable voters with visual or physical disabilities to view and mark their ballots independently, incorporating a touchscreen user interface as well as tactile, large-format buttons for navigation, large-font and high contrast screen options and audio instructions and playback of the ballot and voter’s selections.
Hearing Loop System
A hearing loop system is available to voters with compatible hearing aids or cochlear implants that have a telecoil. A designated and trained registration clerk will have a hearing loop system available to assist voters while maintaining the privacy of the voting process. Specific election workers will also be wearing transparent, accessible face masks to help voters with hearing loss who use visual cues to understand the spoken word. Please see the
Election Occupational Health & Safety Plan
for more details.
Languages and Interpretation
Instructions for voters will be available in multiple languages at voting stations. A voter may bring an interpreter to the voting station if they require additional assistance.
If you require the use of an Automark ballot marking device or hearing loop system, we recommend voting at your Advance Voting station between October 4-13, 2021 from 1-7pm. For Election Day on October 18 the city-wide voting station at City Hall from 9am to 8pm will also have the same accessible technology available for voters. You can find your Advance Voting station at Where to Vote.
All Advance Voting and Election Day voting stations have been assessed for their level of accessibility as Edmonton Elections strives to deliver an accessible, inclusive and safe election for all voters. If you have a specific accessibility request at a voting station, please speak with an election worker and they will assist you.
A voter who is unable to vote in the usual manner may have an interpreter during the voting process. At the registration table the voter and interpreter, such as a friend or relative, will need to fill out a form. The interpreter will need to faithfully read or translate statements, questions and answers to the Deputy Returning Officer and keep secret any information that may come from the virtue of being an interpreter for a voter.
At a voting station, voting instructions will be available in multiple languages. Please ask an election worker for voting instructions in a specific language if required. A sign will be posted at the entrance to the voting station stating the languages spoken by election workers at that particular voting station. You may also bring an interpreter to the voting station if you require language interpretation and assistance.