17 March 2018
The Electoral Commission of SA has implemented a range of measures for accessible voting at the upcoming State Election on Saturday 17 March 2018. The following information is provided to assist our clients who have vision loss.
Voting on polling day – Assistance and accessibility
Did you know that you can bring a friend to help you complete your ballot papers?
If you are voting by postal ballot and have difficulty filling out the ballot, you can ask a friend or relative to help you fill it in.
If you have a disability or a medical condition that makes it hard for you to enter a polling booth, please talk to one of the people outside the polling booth and ask them to let the polling officials know.
The manager of a polling place can help you vote outside of the polling booth, including in your car.
Large print and audio letter
In partnership with the Royal Society for the Blind (RSB) the Electoral Commission SA has produced a large print and audio letter.
A new Auslan video has been produced with assistance from Deaf Can:Do for people who are deaf or have a hearing loss.
All TV commercials about the 2018 State Election will have closed captioning to ensure that everybody has a chance to be informed.
Orana and the Electoral Commission SA have co-designed a workbook in Easy English for those who want more information about our three levels of government, enrolling and voting.
Easy Vote Card
The Easy Vote Card is now being posted to all South Australians. If you bring the Easy Vote Card with you to the polling booth, the polling official will use the unique information to quickly find you on the electoral roll and mark off your name. Taking the Easy Vote Card with you will make voting quicker.
Vote Assist – electronic voting for people who are blind or vision impaired
The Vote Assist service will be available at the following locations between 9am and 5pm from:
Monday 5 March to Friday 9 March and Tuesday 13 March to Friday 16 March
Adelaide, 230 Pirie Street
Smithfield, 27 Anderson Walk
Noarlunga Downs, 58 Dyson Road
It’s not compulsory to make a booking, but bookings are encouraged to minimise any waiting time. To make a booking, telephone the Royal Society of the Blind on 1300 944 306.
Pre-poll location with Electronic Large Print Magnifiers
From 9am – 5pm
Monday 5 March to Friday 9 March and Tuesday 13 March to Friday 16 March.
Christies Beach, 114 Beach Road
Glenelg, 3-9 Gordon Street
Modbury. Modbury Triangle Shopping Centre, 954 North East Road
Mt Barker, 20 Cameron Road
Murray Bridge, TAFE Campus, Swanport Road
Port Augusta, 75A Commercial Road
Victor Harbor, Victor Harbor Town Hall, Coral Street
Seven tips to help you have your say:
1. Polling booths will be open from 8am to 6pm. The busiest period is usually from mid-morning through to lunchtime, so try and vote first thing in the morning or after lunch if you can.
2. Be aware that your district may have changed since the last State Election. You can use our interactive map to check your district and locate your nearest polling booths.
3.You can vote at any polling booth in South Australia. If you are outside your district, let the polling officials know and they will help you do a declaration vote.
4. Don’t forget to bring your EasyVote Card or App with you to the booth. You can still vote without it, but it will make voting faster.
5. Voting for the Legislative Council ballot has changed since the last State Election. You can read the new instructions and have a try of practice ballots on the Electoral Commission website.
6. If you can’t vote on Saturday 17 March, don’t stress. There are other ways you can vote, including voting early, voting by post, in a nursing home, in remote areas, interstate, and even overseas.
7. If you need assistance or make a mistake on your ballot paper just let one of the polling officials know. They are there to help you. You can also bring a friend to help you if you wish.
Accessible voting information
For more information please visit the Electoral Commission of SA website