Officials at Yad Sarah are angry over the reality that the state is not funding transportation to polling stations for disabled residents on Election Day. Officials angrily point out that a disabled voter must make his/her own way to a polling station.
Yad Sarah is undertaking the responsibility of assisting as many disabled voters as possible, but questions why this is not being done by the Central Elections Committee, which does take part in the funding of public transportation for Israelis living over 20 kilometers (12 miles) from their polling station.
Fleet transport director at Yad Sarah, Moshe Cohen, questions why the election committee makes certain that the polling stations are accessible to the handicapped while nothing is done to permit the handicapped to make their way to the voting stations. Yad Sarah will do its utmost Cohen explains, but currently lacks the budget to take the place of government agencies responsible to accommodate all eligible voters.
Anyone wishing to make arrangements for transportation with Yad Sarah may phone 1-700-501-800.
(Yechiel Spira – YWN Israel)