Telephone Assisted Voting at the Federal election

Just in case you haven’t had enough of politics this week, Blind Citizens Australia, Vision Australia, Australian Blindness Forum and the Australian Human Rights Commission have been working with the Australian Electoral Commission to ensure that as many people who are blind or vision impaired as possible find out about telephone assisted voting at this year’s election and how it works.

Source: Xavier Barrade (from Creating Democracy)

Create Democracy by Xavier Barrade

There will be lots of information coming out in the next month so keep an ear out! This includes work by Vision Australia and the Australian Blindness Forum (which acts as a peak for blindness service providers) to spread the word to clients of their services.

To help spread the word about telephone assisted voting, Blind Citizens Australia has organised a number of teleconferences on behalf of the AEC.

These will be short 30-45 minute teleconference style information sessions hosted by an AEC representatvie which will begin with a short presentation of what to expect if you choose to cast your vote by telephone, followed by time for questions.

There are a number of dates in July 2013 in both business and after hours.

The first three conferences will be held on:

  • Wednesday 3 July at 5.00pm
  • Thursday 4 July at 7.00pm
  • Wednesday 17 July at 10.00am

Other teleconference dates will also be released based on interest.

To register for a teleconference, please call the National Office on 1800 033 660 or email with the subject line “Accessible voting teleconference”.

Please include your full name, contact phone number with area code, state and which teleconference you would like to join. You will then receive a confirmation email with the teleconference dial in details.

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