Voting procedures, facilities, and materials should be appropriate, accessible, and easy to use for persons with disabilities.
- Ensuring that voting procedures, facilities and materials are appropriate, accessible and easy to understand and use.
- In its general comment No. 5, the Committee defined discrimination against persons with disabilities as “any distinction, exclusion, restriction or preference, or denial of reasonable accommodation based on disability which has the effect of nullifying or impairing the recognition, enjoyment or exercise of economic, social or cultural rights”. The denial of reasonable accommodation should be included in national legislation as a prohibited form of discrimination on the basis of disability.
- States should foster citizen participation in the electoral process by] safeguarding the right to vote of vulnerable groups (people with disabilities, people who are illiterate, etc.) by adapting polling stations and voting material to their needs.
- [States should foster citizen participation in the electoral process by] guaranteeing that all possible means are used to make all polling stations accessible.
- E-voting systems shall be designed, as far as it is practicable, to maximise the opportunities that such systems can provide for persons with disabilities.
- Voters with disabilities should not face obstacles in enjoying their political rights, and the authorities should take measures to ensure access to polling stations, assisted voting, and, if necessary, absentee voting.
- Arrangements should be made for persons with disabilities to have access to their designated polling stations.