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

Updated: 8 December 2017

With early voting now underway, voters who are blind or have low vision can register to access a telephone voting service for the 2017 Bennelong 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 midday on by-election day, Saturday 16 December.

"Bennelong 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 9am and 5pm on weekdays from now to Friday 15 December and on by-election day, Saturday 16 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.

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

Editor's notes

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