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Voting matters

Voting is one of the most fundamental human rights. However, Orana recognises that often, people with disability do not have equal access to voting and having their voice heard as others in the community, in part due to a lack of education and awareness. With the upcoming state and local government elections in 2018, Orana wants to bridge that gap.

Orana, in partnership with Electoral Commission SA (ECSA) and City of Salisbury, held a series of information sessions directed to people with disability in the northern metro area. The sessions offered participants the opportunity to learn about the role of governments and how to vote using a practice vote. They encouraged participants to have their say on issues that affect them to ensure people with disability are better represented in decision-making.

During the final session, participants met with City of Salisbury Mayor Gillian Aldridge to further understand the role of local government and the opportunities available within the local community. Colin, one of the participants said ‘It was great, I learnt a lot!’ Ken, another participant, also explained that ‘It was good to know you can get help (to vote) if you need it’.

This project follows on from an initial pilot project with ECSA and the City of West Torrens in 2016, prior to the federal election. We hope the project will continue in other areas to educate and encourage people with disability to enjoy equal access to their political rights.

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