[LINK] Blind voter loses electoral challenge
kim at holburn.net
Wed Sep 8 12:36:49 EST 2010
> Blind voter loses electoral challenge
> A blind man who claimed discrimination because he could not cast a
> secret ballot has lost his court case.
> David Rankin took the Electoral Office to the Equal Opportunity
> Tribunal in South Australia, claiming his only option was to ask
> someone else to fill out his ballot paper.
> He wanted to vote using a computer or braille.
> The Electoral Office denied any discrimination and claimed the
> alternatives suggested would be too expensive and would require
> legislative changes.
> The tribunal ruled Mr Rankin's claim was legally flawed because it
> related to a policy rather than specific events.
> Acknowledging its recommendations carried no weight, the tribunal
> said the laws were unsatisfactory and should be changed,
> particularly in light of progress by other states and countries to
> provide secret ballots for people with disabilities.
> Mr Rankin had challenged the voting system for SA elections, while
> at the recent federal election blind people were able to vote
> confidentially over the telephone to an electoral officer for the
> first time.
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