U.S. Government Supports Conference on Political and Electoral Access for Persons with Disabilities

For Immediate Release

Wednesday, February 27, 2013

On February 27, U.S. Ambassador to Georgia Richard Norland addressed legislative, societal and physical barriers that prevent the disability community in Georgia from achieving full political and electoral enfranchisement spoke at a conference in Tbilisi.

Georgians with disabilities face significant societal, physical, and legislative barriers to equal participation in their country’s electoral and political processes. A significant inhibiting factor for Georgia’s disability community is a lack of awareness, shortcomings in the electoral framework inadequacies of electoral procedures and full and equal access at polling stations.

Participants engaged on topics such as:  why the disability community should talk about political rights; the right to vote; unique barriers people with different disabilities encounter to full and equal political participation; and, the role of election management bodies in facilitating elections that are accessible. The conference included a voting simulation where participants will experience voting at an accessible and inaccessible polling station. 

Last updated: August 03, 2016

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