Tuesday, 2 March 2004

Questions (333)

Paul McGrath

Question:

419 Mr. P. McGrath asked the Minister for the Environment, Heritage and Local Government the special measures which will be introduced with the electronic voting system for general, European and local elections, to facilitate persons with disabilities who may not be able to operate the proposed new system. [7000/04]

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Written answers (Question to Minister for the Environment, Heritage and Local Government)

The voting machine is accessible to wheelchair users and returning officers may also acquire a special voting table, with a tilt facility, which will provide for additional ease of use. In addition, in order to assist the visually impaired in using the system a number of improvements have been made to the voting machine. The new features include an increase in the size and legibility of the details of the respective candidates, the use of layer preference numbers and brighter displays for better visibility and the use of a redesigned "cast vote" button.