NGO requests subsidized vans for disabled to vote
Yad Sarah asks Central Elections Committee chairman to subsidize vans taking disabled people to and from voting stations.
Ballots are printed ahead of elections Photo: REUTERS/Baz Ratner
Yad Sarah has asked the chairman of the Central Elections Committee, Justice
Elyakim Rubinstein, to subsidize the cost of its Nechonit vans’ taking disabled
people in wheelchairs to and from their voting stations on Election
Moshe Cohen, director of the voluntary organization’s services and
branches department, complained about “discrimination” against the those that
will transport the disabled on January 22. Firms that take healthy voters to
distant polling stations such as the Israel Railways and the bus companies are
subsidized by the state, but not Yad Sarah’s van services, which have been
operating at low cost to help the disabled for 25 years.
operates around the country 40 such vans, which have “elevators” that allow
wheelchairs to enter.
Most disabled people have other way to get to vote.
Ordinarily, the vans transport them to doctor’s appointments or make other
Every citizen has the right to vote, said Cohen, and since
the wheelchair bound can’t reach a polling station within 20 kilometers of his
residence via regular public transportation, we ask that our van trips be
subsidized as well.