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The Australian Electoral Commission has made telephone voting available for people who are blind and have low vision and for those unable to attend a polling place on or before Election Day (Saturday 21 May) because they have COVID-19.

Telephone votiing is available if you are blind or have low vision, or if you are isolating due to COVID-19.

Telephone voting for people who are COVID positive was intially available only for people who test positive for COVID-19 after 6 pm local time on Tuesday 17 May 2022. If you tested positive for COVID-19 before this deadline, you were eligible to apply for a postal vote until Wednesday 18 May at 6 pm. This has changed.

We believe this service should be made available to anyone who needs it, not just people who are blind and have low vision or who are isolated due to a positive COVID-19 result. We hope to see this voting option made available to more people with disability and regional and remote voters in the future, to ensure the democratic process in this country is as fair, inclusive and accessible as possible.

Update on eligibility

According to ABC News, the legislation is changing to include anyone who is isolating because they have COVID-19 on Election Day, not just those testing positive after Tuesday 17 May at 6 pm. 

> ABC News: Election rules to change to ensure all Australians with COVID-19 can vote

How to use Telephone Voting if you are blind or have low vision

Call to register

You can register for telephone voting between 8.30 am and 5.30 pm AEST on weekdays from Monday 9 May until Friday 20 May 2022. It is also available of Election day between 8 am and 12 midday AEST. 

To register, call 1800 913 993. You will be asked questions to check your details on the electoral roll, and you will also be asked to choose a PIN.

You will then receive a telephone voting registration number by your choice of an email, SMS or phone call.

Call to vote

Once you have registered for telephone voting, you can vote between 8.30 am and 5.30 pm AEST on weekdays until Friday 20 May 2022. You can also vote on Election Day, Saturday 21 May 2022 between 8 am and 6pm AEST.

Once you have received your registration number and chosen your PIN, you will need to call 1800 913 993 again to cast your vote.

When you call, to protect your privacy, you will be asked for your registration and PIN rather than your personal details to mark you off the electoral roll. This means your vote remains secret because the AEC voting assistant will not know your name or address.

An AEC voting assistant will record your vote. A second voting assistant will ensure your vote is recorded as you intended. Once your vote is complete, the voting assistant will place the ballot paper into a secure ballot box.

Remember, you have until 12 midday AEST on Saturday 21 May 2022 to register, and until 6pm AEST Saturday 21 May 2022 to cast your vote.

Got questions? Contact the AEC

Call 13 23 26
Visit aec.gov.au 

> AEC Telephone voting for people who are blind or have low vision

How to use Telephone Voting if you have COVID-19

Register online

You can register for this service online between 6.01 pm AEST Wednesday 18 May 2022 and 4 pm AEST Saturday 21 May 2022.

To register to vote by telephone as a COVID-affected person, you are required to make a declaration and provide evidence that you have tested positive for COVID-19 after 6 pm on Tuesday 17 May 2022. You will need evidence of your positive COVID-19 test result, including:

  • if PCR – location of the testing centre, date and time you received your positive test result, and the reference number from your health authority
  • if RAT – receipt number from health authority from registration of your positive RAT, and brand and serial number of RAT (if available)

You will be prompted to confirm your details on the electoral roll, complete an eligibility questionnaire and choose a 6-digit PIN. You will then receive an 8-digit telephone voting registration number. You can choose to have this sent by SMS or email.


Call to vote

Telephone voting is only available:

  • Thursday 19 May 2022 8.30 am to 5.30 pm local time
  • Friday 20 May 2022 8.30 am to 6 pm local time
  • Election day Saturday 21 May 2022 8 am to 6 pm local time

To prepare for telephone voting:

  1. View the representation of your ballot papers
  2. Consider how you want to mark your voting preferences
  3. Have the page open on your device when you call

Call 1800 413 960 to cast your vote once you are prepared and have received your telephone voting registration number.

Voters from Norfolk Island or Cocos (Keeling) Islands should call the AEC on +61 2 6271 2600 and advise the service officer that you are from Norfolk Island or Cocos (Keeling) Islands. Ask that you be put through to the telephone voting service for COVID affected electors.

What happens when you call

To protect your privacy, you will be asked for your 8-digit registration number and 6-digit PIN rather than your personal details to mark you off the electoral roll. This means your vote remains secret because the AEC voting assistant will not know your name or address.

An AEC voting assistant will record your vote onto hard copy ballot papers. The voting assistant will then place the ballot papers into an envelope and the envelope will be placed into a secure ballot box and then included in the count.

Got questions? Contact the AEC

Call 13 23 26
Visit aec.gov.au 
 
> AEC COVID-19 secure telephone voting

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