Voters who are blind or have low vision can now register to access the telephone voting service for the 2018 Batman by-election.
Australian Electoral Officer for Victoria, Steve Kennedy said eligible voters who are blind or have low vision can register for the service anytime between now and 12 noon on by-election day, Saturday 17 March.
“Batman voters who are blind or have low vision can call 1800 913 993 to register for a telephone vote,” Mr Kennedy said.
Once registered, voters will be able to cast their telephone vote between 8.30am and 5.30pm on week days from now to Friday 16 March and on by-election day, Saturday 17 March, from 8.00am to 6.00pm.
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.
“Batman voters who are blind or have low vision can have confidence they are casting their vote in secret,” Mr Kennedy 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.