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Voters with Disabilities to Choose Own Assistants

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Voters with Disabilities to Choose Own Assistants

Minister of the Interior Ögmundur Jónasson will this week recommend a legal amendment enabling voters with disabilities to have assistants of their own choosing accompany them to polling booths.

ogmundur-jonasson_radherraMinister of the Interior Ögmundur Jónasson.Ögmundur told Fréttablaðið that the basic rule will still be that returning board employees assist voters with disabilities but that they can have their own assistants help them vote if they prefer.

“It is assumed that the voter in question inform the returning board of his or her wishes to that regard without anyone else in presence. Subsequently, the voter can have his or her assistant enter the polling booth,” the minister said.

Ögmundur mentioned that the bill was worked out in cooperation with the Organization of the Disabled in Iceland (ÖBÍ) and the Icelandic Organization of the Visually Impaired (BIOVI).

“I hope the bill will be processed quickly by the parliament so that the law can be implemented in time for the referendum on the constitution on October 20,” Ögmundur concluded.

Click here to read more about the referendum and here to read more about the controversy concerning voters with disabilities being barred from having their own assistants help them vote.

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