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Welcome for plans to make it easier for disabled people to vote

18 April, 2008

Crumlin Sinn Féin Councillor Anne Marie Logue has welcomed a plan by the Electoral Office which will make it easier for disabled people to vote. The Electoral office launched a consultation process on Friday and wants to hear from anyone who had trouble using their polling station. The plan is aimed at making voting more accessible for the disabled.

Councillor Logue said:

"One option being explored would see disabled people using an alternative polling station. However this is only one of a number of options being explored by the electoral office in the north. But now is the time for people to come forward with suggestions and proposals.

"Exercising your franchise is a basic human right; therefore everyone has the right to vote without hindrance or obstruction. This consultation process is about ensuring that this happens. Voting should be as straightforward as possible for everyone.

"I would urge members of the public to take part in this consultation and have their say on the issue. I would particularly encourage contributions from people with disabilities. Any assistance or aid that can be offered at election time should be available. The deadline for suggestions or submissions is Friday 11 July 2008." ENDS

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