The general State Elections are being held on Saturday 11th March 2017. The Electoral Commission have developed a new system called iVote to allow for greater accessibility for people with disability when voting. This Technology Assisted voting system uses the telephone or internet to assist people with disability in voting including people who may be blind/vision impaired or limited literacy skills.
To be able to use iVote you must register between 13 February 2017 and 10 March 2017. Once registered you will be able to start voting by 20 February 2017. The process will be:
- You must be on the electoral roll.
- You will need to sign a declaration to say you are eligible for iVote.
- You will need to choose a 6 digit pin.
- You may need to provide other evidence confirming your identity.
- You will receive your iVote number through SMS/letter/email or phone.
To register please call 1300 64 86 83 or register online through https://ivote-reg.elections.wa.gov.au/
There are other services available to assist with voting, these include:
- Drive-in polling places. These are only available in limited areas but at all other polling places you can request for a polling official to bring you the ballot papers if you have trouble getting out of your car.
- Polling places with audio loops.
- Assistive technology devices can be requested from the polling officials e.g. video magnifiers, triangular pencils and Better Hearing Counter cards.
- Options to register as a general early voter
For more information please visit https://www.elections.wa.gov.au/vote/elector-assistance/electors-disability
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