Information for people with disability or mobility restrictions

Updated: 3 October 2018

A range of information and services are available to help people with disabilities or mobility restrictions cast their vote in the 2018 Wentworth by-election.

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Polling place access

A list of polling places for the Wentworth by-election will be made available soon.

Each polling place is given an accessibility rating to assist people with disabilities or mobility restrictions. These ratings are:

  • wheelchair accessible
  • assisted wheelchair access, or
  • not wheelchair accessible.

You can click on the rating listed against each polling place to find out more about its specific accessibility features.

Assistance to vote at a polling place

If you need assistance to vote at a polling place, you can ask someone to help you. Polling place staff are trained to assist you or you can nominate any person (other than a candidate) to assist. This could be a friend, relative or another person. If you do not nominate someone, then the polling official in charge may provide assistance.

If required, the person assisting you may read the contents of the ballot paper to you and then complete it according to your wishes.

There are also special arrangements at polling places for people who cannot get out of their car. If the polling official in charge is satisfied that you cannot enter the polling place, someone may bring the ballot paper to you.

Telephone voting

Voters who are blind or have low vision can now cast a telephone vote in secret from any location, including their own homes, by calling 1800 913 993.

Information on telephone voting

Postal voting

People with disabilities or mobility restrictions may be eligible to apply for a postal vote.

The voter may choose an assistant (such as a friend or family member) to complete the ballot papers and envelope according to the voter’s instruction, but the voter must sign the envelope or make a mark as a signature.

Visit the Wentworth postal voting page to apply for a postal vote.

Your official guide to the Wentworth by-election

Accessible formats

A printed version of the official guide will be delivered to every household in the Division of Wentworth in early October. It will provide information on when and where to vote, assistance available at polling places and how to vote correctly.

You can also call the AEC on 13 23 26 to have a braille, audio or large print format of the official guide sent to you.

Candidate list

Accessible formats

You can call the AEC on 13 23 26 to have a braille, audio or large print format of the candidate list sent to you.

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