This week we focus on the local government elections in Tasmania. These have been, for the first time, made compulsory and are held by inaccessible postal ballot – which of course renders the voting process inaccessible to Blind and Vision Impaired people. We hear from Duncan Meerding, chair of the Tasmania branch of Blind Citizens Australia, about advocacy being undertaken in conjunction with Disability Voices Tasmania and the Tasmanian Electoral Commission, to put together an assisted voting service for people with a print disability. We also hear from Sally Aurisch, CEO of Blind Citizens Australia, about the national perspective and work being done to develop accessible voting for all elections in Australia. To book an appointment, contact the TEC on 1800-801-701 during business hours. Appointments will be held between the 17th and 21st of October.
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