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Toronto introduces Internet and Phone voting for fall elections.

News Release

April 24, 2014

Toronto’s 2014 municipal election to offer internet and telephone voting for people with disabilities

At its February meeting, Toronto City Council approved internet and telephone voting for persons with disabilities for the 2014 municipal election and awarded the contract to Scytl Canada Inc. These two new voting channels support and strengthen the City’s commitment to respond to the needs of persons with disabilities.

The internet and telephone voting service will be available during the Advance Vote period starting Tuesday, October 14 through to Sunday, October 19.

“We are very excited to be conducting this pilot project,” said Ulli Watkiss, City Clerk. “It is important that our electoral services are accessible and create positive voting experiences for all. By providing greater choices we are working to make voting more accessible to persons with disabilities.”

There is still a lot a work ahead to be done in a very tight time line in order to implement internet voting for the 2014 election. The City will be working closely with Scytl and the disability community to ensure it meets the electors’ needs.

More information about internet voting can be found at http://www.toronto.ca/elections/accessibility

Toronto is Canada’s largest city, the fourth largest in North America, and home to a diverse population of about 2.8 million people. It is a global centre for business, finance, arts and culture and is consistently ranked one of the world’s most livable cities. Toronto is proud to be the Host City for the 2015 Pan American and Parapan American Games. For information on non-emergency City services and programs, Toronto residents, businesses and visitors can visit www.toronto.ca, call 311, 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, or follow us @TorontoComms.

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Media contact: Wynna Brown, Strategic Communications, 416-392-8937, wbrown1@toronto.ca

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