Teague

Teague O’Meara

M.A.

Prince Edward Island, Canada

Accessible Voting in a Federal Election

Teague (pronunciation: tay-g) O’Meara (she/her) is an Outreach Officer at Elections Canada, where she focuses on the electors with disabilities portfolio. Her work involves engaging with diverse organizations, communities, and individuals to promote awareness and enhance participation in all aspects of the electoral process. She is committed to fostering inclusive democratic engagement, especially for individuals with disabilities, through establishing connections, coordinating events, and facilitating communication.

Teague holds a B.A. in Religious Studies with a focus on women and religion from Concordia University, and an M.A. in Communications and Media Studies with a focus on women, gender, and sexuality from Carleton University. Her professional background spans education, healthcare, and development, with a particular emphasis on women’s health and education.

Program Description

This workshop focuses on the essential aspects of voting in a federal election, aiming to equip participants with comprehensive knowledge and confidence in the voting process. It covers a wide range of topics to ensure a thorough understanding, starting with the fundamentals of voter registration. Participants will learn how to verify their eligibility, register to vote, and update their registration information as needed. A significant portion of the workshop is dedicated to accessibility at polling stations, highlighting the measures in place to assist voters with disabilities and ensure an inclusive voting experience. This includes information on assistive devices, support services, and any accommodations that can be requested.

Additionally, the workshop emphasizes the rights of voters, ensuring participants are aware of their entitlements and protections under the law. This includes the right to vote without intimidation, the right to assistance if needed, and the right to a private and confidential voting process.

By covering these key areas, the workshop aims to make the voting process as clear and accessible as possible. Ultimately, it seeks to empower participants with the knowledge and confidence to participate actively and effectively in federal elections, ensuring their voices are heard and their votes are counted

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