5 things people with disability should know before voting in the federal election

By Northcott, 15 June 2016 , Comments

All of us aged 18 or older must soon vote for who we want to run our country.  For people with disability who face barriers to voting, the Australian Electoral Commission (AEC) has created a range of options to help you.

1.) If you are vision impaired, you have the option of voting over the phone

You first need to register to vote by phone. Registration is now open and will close at noon on Saturday 2 July. You can find out how to do this on the AEC website

A blind man voting with support

2.) Anyone can choose to vote by mail

To find out how to register to vote by mail and get the ballot papers sent to you, download this guide. Ballot papers must be completed and posted back to the AEC on or before election day.

3.) If need help to vote in person you can get it

On the AEC’s website, you can find out if each polling place is wheelchair accessible.

Did you know someone can also help you vote? Polling staff are trained to assist you or you can nominate any person (except a candidate) to assist, any family member or family.

Special arrangements are available at polling places for people who can not get out of their car. If the polling official in charge agrees that you can not enter the polling place, someone will bring the ballot papers to you.

4.) Accessible guides on how to vote have been prepared

If you want to know about why you need to vote, how to vote on the two different ballot papers or any other useful information; these guides will answer your questions. E-text, large print and mp3 versions of the election guide are now on the AEC website.

5.) Practice voting if you’re a first time voter or have forgotten how to vote

If you want to prepare to vote or learn a bit more about what you need to do you can practice to vote online.

A male wheelchair user casting a vote in an election

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