Voting Rights and Personal Assistance in Iceland

Thursday 11th October 2012 marked a step forward in civil and political rights for disabled people in Iceland. The Icelandic Parliament voted in favour of an amendment to electoral laws which will enable people to be accompanied by their personal assistant in polling booths. The move follows complaints that disabled people were denied privacy in the Presidential election held in June of this year. Personal assistants were refused access to the polling booths. Instead, people were accompanied by an employee of the polling station. The result was announced at a Conference on the implementation and monitoring of the UN CRPD held in Reykjavik on the same day as the vote.

 

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About Ciara Brennan

My research for the DREAM network focuses on Article 19 of the UN CRPD, with a focus on user-led personal assistance in Nordic countries. I am currently based at the Center for Disability Studies, University of Iceland. My research background is in inclusive, emancipatory research with people with intellectual disabilities at NIID, Trinity College Dublin. Please contact me if you would like more information about my project

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