Federal Election 21 August 2010
Voters Who Are Blind Or Have Low Vision Still Have Time To Cast A Secret Vote In The 2010 Federal Election
Australian Electoral Commissioner Ed Killesteyn
Victor P Taffa
Telephone voting, available in 126 locations across Australia, has meant that Australian voters who are blind or have low vision are able to cast a secret vote in the 2010 federal election right up until and on Election Day.
This service has been operating since 4 August and will continue to be available up until and including Election Day, Saturday 21 August, in AEC divisional offices and other selected locations.
Voters using this service will have their name marked off and then will cast their vote in private with the AEC call centre where a trained voting assistant will take their vote. It will take around 11 minutes, on average, to make a secret telephone vote.
Details about how this voting will work, including opening hours and the closest location offering telephone voting is available or you can call the AEC on 13 23 26.
When having your vote, AEC officials and call centre voting assistants won’t be able to provide any background information about the candidates or political parties so voters will need to make sure that they have all the information they think they will need to make their vote beforehand.
Essential election information, including the ‘Your Official Guide to the 2010 Federal Election’ delivered to households across Australia, is also available in a range of accessible formats, including large print, e-text and audio on the AEC website, and in Braille and other formats by calling 13 23 26.