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Federal election 2015: Advance poll needed more disabled parking, says P.E.I. voter

A Charlottetown man who has a lung condition says when he went to vote in the advance poll, there wasn't enough disabled parking spaces close to the front entrance of the mall where the poll was located.

David Steeves, who has mobility issues, says he was determined to vote but had to park far away

A Charlottetown man with breathing problems says the advance poll where he voted should have had more disabled parking spots near the entrance. (CBC/Krystalle Ramlakhan)

A Charlottetown man who has a lung condition says when he went to vote in the advance poll recently, there weren't enough disabled parking spaces close to the front entrance of the mall where the poll was located.  

David Steeves, who has pulmonary hypertension, says he can only walk short distances and the poll at the Charlottetown Mall required too much walking. 

Steeves says he was determined to vote but he had to park in a regular parking spot and it was far away.

"By the time I got out of the car and by the time I walked from there just to entrance of the mall I was huffing and puffing pretty bad," said Steeves.

"They should have parking near the entrance. There's room enough there you could put half a dozen and it would make it so much easier for people with mobility problems."

There are nine parking spaces for people with disabilities along the front of the building, spanning from the main entrance to the northern end of the building. The spaces are on the opposite side of a vehicle lane way. 

Elections Canada says it's unable to answer questions about specific locations. Instead, officials directed CBC News to its website elections.ca.

The site lists which buildings and entrances are accessible at polling site locations, however, there is no requirement for disabled parking spaces.

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