Wentworth voters who are blind or have low vision can now register for a telephone vote

Updated: 10 October 2018

With early voting now underway, voters who are blind or have low vision can register to access a telephone voting service for the 2018 Wentworth by-election.

Australian Electoral Officer for New South Wales, Warwick Austin 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 20 October.

"Wentworth voters who are blind or have low vision can call 1800 913 993 to register for a telephone vote," Mr Austin said.

Once registered, voters will be able to cast their telephone vote between 8.30am and 5.30pm on weekdays from now to Friday 19 October and on by-election day, Saturday 20 October, from 8am to 6pm.

Voters who are blind or have low vision 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.

"Wentworth voters who are blind or have low vision can have confidence they are casting their vote in secret, Mr Austin said.

Voters who are blind or have low vision can still vote with assistance at any polling place on by-election day or, if entitled, by postal vote or at one of the early voting centres before by-election day.

Further information, including by-election information in accessible formats, is available online or by calling the AEC on 13 23 26.

Editor's notes:

  • More than 2000 Australians who are blind or have low vision cast a vote via telephone at the 2016 federal election.
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