AEC media release – North Sydney voters who are blind or have low vision

North Sydney voters who are blind or have low vision can now register for a telephone vote With early voting now underway, voters who are blind or have low vision can register to access a telephone voting service for the 2015 North Sydney by-election.

Australian Electoral Officer for New South Wales, Mr Doug Orr 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 5 December.

“North Sydney voters who are blind or have low vision can call 1800 913 993 to register for a telephone vote,” Mr Orr said. Once registered, voters will be able to cast their telephone vote between 9am and 5pm on weekdays from now to Friday 4 December and on by-election day, Saturday 5 December, from 8am to 6pm.

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.

“North Sydney voters who are blind or have low vision can have confidence they are casting their vote in secret,” Mr Orr 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.

More than 2,800 Australians who are blind or have low vision cast a vote via telephone at the 2013 federal election.

Voter services information is available at www.aec.gov.au/north-sydney