On April 7, 2014, Quebec voters were asked to elect a new provincial government. More than 2000 voting stations were opened throughout the province. The Directeur general des elections du Quebec encouraged people to vote because “Our vote represents power. Real power.” We were told that there was no excuse not to vote. The DGE claimed that most voting stations (99%) were accessible to disabled people. We wanted to know what that meant.
A visit to a dozen voting stations in Montreal indicated another story. At many voting stations, including some designated as accessible, ableist architectural features prevented some citizens the ability to vote in dignity.