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Election in SP will have accessibility coordinators at polling places

The State of São Paulo will have 10,765 accessibility coordinators, 2,035 of which in the capital alone, prepared to assist voters who need support during the second round of elections. The Regional Electoral Court of São Paulo (TRE-SP) will provide at least one accessibility coordinator person at each polling place identified with a green t-shirt.

In certain polling places, according to the São Paulo agency, there will also be volunteers dressed in orange t-shirts to help voters who are deaf or hard of hearing. In the state, 1,165 logistic support with knowledge in Libras were summoned for the second round.

These people were recruited from partner institutions of electoral registers or from the base of participants in past elections. In July, a campaign was also carried out to register volunteers with knowledge of Libras, which resulted in 428 people registered.

At the time of voting, elderly people over 80 have absolute priority. Then, sick, elderly people (from 60 years old), obese, pregnant, breastfeeding or with children, people with disabilities or reduced mobility, with autism spectrum disorder and visual impairment accompanied by a guide dog. Those accompanying people with priorities are also given preference, even if they are not voters in the same polling station.

Improving accessibility in elections is a constant concern in the Electoral Justice, which promotes permanent campaigns on the subject so that people with disabilities, the elderly, sick, pregnant, lactating and obese people request the transfer to sections with accessibility and can vote with peace of mind.

The deadline for this request ended on August 18, but those who did not make the transfer and need support can count on the help of coordinators and accessibility coordinators at their polling place. There are 31,394 accessible polling stations throughout the State of São Paulo.

Other accessibility features

Electronic voting machines have other accessibility features, such as recording the respective number in braille international code. Visually impaired people who do not read Braille will also be able to vote using the number 5, which is in the center of the keyboard and is highlighted by a small bar at the bottom of the key. All polls installed in special sections have an audio system and headphones, which allow for the conference and confirmation of the vote.

For female voters who need this resource, the novelty of this year’s elections is that the ballot box reproduces the phonetic name of the candidates, that is, the way it is spoken. There will also be an image of a Libras interpreter on the screen of the ballot box to indicate which positions are on the ballot at each stage of the procedure.

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