How Internet Voting (really) ensures the right to vote for people with disabilities

Electronic and online voting is important for people with disabilities because it ensures accessibility and inclusion by overcoming physical and spatial barriers. Eligo is committed to developing a universal and inclusive voting system by adhering to the Web Accessibility Guidelines.

Online voting for people with disabilities

The right to vote for disabled people

Many people often find themselves limited by the physical environment due to the poor adaptation of physical polling places and related architectural barriers. There is often no accessibility to either places or information regarding an election event, leading to the question: is everyone really able to exercise their right to vote on equal terms?

When it comes to voting, people with disabilities are often overlooked and excluded, even though the law provides for different types of assistance such as assisted voting with a companion in the booth (for voters with physical impediments), voting at home (for intra-personal voters), voting in another section for accessibility reasons (for voters with walking problems), and dedicated transportation services.

Electronic and online voting accessible to people with disabilities

Online voting(internet voting) can help to increase the involvement and participation of people with disabilities in decision-making and democratic processes, ensuring the expression of votes from whatever device and wherever the person is and thus nullifying technical and spatial barriers.

The issue of inclusion is a priority for us and extends to all business processes, but especially to product design. One of the drivers for the development of our solutions is precisely accessibility, which translates precisely into equal opportunities and rights of use and experience.

Every individual has the right to vote under equal conditions. For this reason, Eligo’s technical team is conducting analysis and research with the goal of continuing to develop a universal and inclusive electronic and online voting tool by following the WCAG 2 Web Content Accessibility Guidelines standards, which are the guidelines set forth by the Web Accessibility Initiative (WAI), part of the World Wide Web Consortium (W3C), which establishes a set of recommendations for the accessibility of Web platforms.

Voting should not be a privilege, but a right of all.