AEC media release – North Sydney voters who are blind or have low vision

North Sydney voters who are blind or have low vision can now register for a telephone vote With early voting now underway, voters who are blind or have low vision can register to access a telephone voting service for the 2015 North Sydney by-election.

Australian Electoral Officer for New South Wales, Mr Doug Orr said eligible voters who are blind or have low vision can register for the service anytime between now and 12 midday on by-election day, Saturday 5 December.

“North Sydney voters who are blind or have low vision can call 1800 913 993 to register for a telephone vote,” Mr Orr said. Once registered, voters will be able to cast their telephone vote between 9am and 5pm on weekdays from now to Friday 4 December and on by-election day, Saturday 5 December, from 8am to 6pm.

Blind or low vision voters don’t need to give their name when they vote using the telephone voting service. Their registration number and pin will be used to mark their name off the electoral roll, ensuring the voter’s identity remains secret.

“North Sydney voters who are blind or have low vision can have confidence they are casting their vote in secret,” Mr Orr said. Blind or low vision voters can still vote with assistance at any polling place on by-election day or, if entitled at one of the early voting centres before by-election day.

More than 2,800 Australians who are blind or have low vision cast a vote via telephone at the 2013 federal election.

Voter services information is available at www.aec.gov.au/north-sydney

Telephone voting for the WA Senate election for people who are Blind or vision impaired

Today, the Governor for Western Australia issued the writ for a Senate election for Western Australia for Saturday 5th April.

The Blind Low Vision telephone voting call centre will be available for eligible Western Australian electors for this event. The number to call will again be 1800 913 993.

Registration period: 8:30am to 5:30pm (WST) Monday 17th March to Friday 4th April

8:00am to 12noon (WST) Saturday 5th April

Voting Period: 8:30am to 5:30pm (WST) Tuesday 18th March to Friday 4th April

8:00am to 6:00pm (WST) Saturday 5th April

Please note that the centre will operate to Australian Western Standard Time.

The Official Guide to the by-election and Candidate List will be made available to electors in a range of accessible formats from the AEC website or sent direct to electors on request. The AEC has engaged Vision Australia to provide a range of communication services to BLV audiences enrolled across the state of Western Australia.

FYI: A total of 154 registrations and 145 votes were taken through the Blind Low Vision call centre from electors in Western Australia at the 2013 federal election.

Please do not hesitate to contact me if you have any queries.

Regards

Meredith Hawke | Project Officer

Voter Services Delivery Section | Elections Branch

Australian Electoral Commission

T: (02) 6271 4611 | F: (02) 6293 7613