Voters who are blind or have low vision will be able to cast a vote in secret in the upcoming federal election by telephone from any location, including their own homes.
Voters must first register to cast their vote by telephone. Registration will be available from Monday 13 June 2016. When a voter calls to register, they will be asked questions to enable a check of the electoral roll, and will also asked to choose a PIN. Once registered, they will be sent a registration number by email, SMS, postal mail, or through a phone call.
Call to vote
Telephone voting will be available from Tuesday 14 June 2016. When voting, electors will not need to give their name. Their registration number and PIN will be used to mark their name off the electoral roll while protecting their privacy. It is important that voters do not forget their registration details.
A call centre voting assistant will record the voter’s preferences on the ballot papers. The vote will be secret and a second voting assistant will ensure that the vote is recorded according to the voter’s intention.
The vote remains secret because the call centre voting assistants will not know the voter’s name and address. Once the vote is complete, the voting assistant will place the ballot papers into a secure ballot box.
23 May 2016