Accessibility July 20, 2018
Karnataka government just issued Braille EPIC cards for blind voters!
Karnataka is being the torch bearer for inclusive elections! The state just issued Braille EPIC cards for three blind people for upcoming Lok Sabha elections 2019.
Basavaraj from Kalaburgi, Irappa Hejagar from Belagavi and Vina from Davangere, were given the specially made cards by officers from the Election Commission.
Authorities said that the government aims to make elections accessible, and issuing EPIC cards is the first step taken for an inclusive election. All the three blind voters said that they had voted in the recent state assembly elections. These new cards will make voting for the upcoming elections easier for them!
The government is all set to implement more facilities for disabled voters in the state. They will install auxiliary polling stations that cater to people with disabilities. Co-ordinators will be appointed at all polling booths. An exclusive mobile app will be launched for disabled people.
On Election Day, people with disabilities and people who accompany them can avail free public transport as well! Officials hope that all these measures will help disabled voters take part in elections without any hassles.