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Be. Counted this Election

"The world is moved not only by the mighty shoves of the heroes, but also by the aggregate of the tiny pushes of each honest worker" - Helen Keller.

Did you know that your greatest responsibility as a New Zealander is coming up in only two weeks? The 2011 General Election and Referendum on the Voting System will take place on Saturday 26 November. Have you done everything you need to do to prepare for it?

Voting is a privilege and a right granted to you as a citizen of New Zealand. It's a privilege that many people in this world don't have; it allows you to make a difference in the world around you, and be heard on important issues. Be. Accessible caught up with party representatives to find out what they had to say about voting:

Why is it important to vote in this election?

By voting, you have the power to influence the lives of the 20% of our population who live with a disability.

Your vote matters, so Be. Counted!

Disability Policies for the 2011 Election

Be. Accessible caught up with representatives from a few of the key parties in this election and here's what they had to say on their own parties' disability policies:

National Disability Policy Statement Labour Disability Policy Statement Mana Disability Policy Statement Greens Disability Policy Statement 

Resources for Voting

> Disability Resources - The Electoral Commission has worked closely with the Royal New Zealand Foundation of the Blind, Deaf Aotearoa, IHC, Idea Services and People First, to create resources for people with disabilities on how to vote.

If you would like to read the full Accessibility Action Plan for the 2011 General Election and Referendum on the Voting System produced by the Electoral Commission, click here.

Can't vote on election day?

> Vote in advance - If you can't get to a polling booth on election day.
> Cast a special vote - if you are unable to get to a polling place before or on election day.
> Polling Booth Information - To find out about the location and accessibility of polling booths. Unfortunately, none of the polling places have been assessed by Be. Welcome, so we can't provide you with accessibility ratings – perhaps something for the next election!

The world is a dangerous place to live; not because of the people who are evil, but because of the people who don't do anything about it. - Albert Einstein