The Victorian Electoral Commission (VEC) has just released a brand new app that was
developed in consultation with Scope’s Communication and Inclusion Resource Centre (CIRC). The app aims to assist people with communication difficulties or limited literacy to vote.
‘Voters Voice’ is available on the iPad and can be downloaded for free.
The app has six sections:
- Easy English
The easy English section has written information about how to enrol and vote in the upcoming local elections. Easy English uses simple sentences and pictures. Easy English helps people to understand written information.
- Plain English
The Plain English section also has written information about how to enrol and vote, but is written in Plain English. Plain English gives more detail and doesn’t have any pictures.
- AUSLAN video
There is an AUSLAN section that contains a video about how to enrol and vote.AUSLAN is ‘Australian Sign Language’ and is used by the Deaf community.
- Communication board
This section has a communication board that can be used to say your name and address to the election staff at the voting centre. You can also use the board to ask questions or for help. You can download the app and practice using the communication board before election day.
- New to voting? Video
This section has a video that gives step by step instructions for what to do before, during and after voting at an attendance election.
- About this app video
This section contains a short video about the Voters Voice app and what it does.
This app will be very useful at the next Victorian council elections, which are going to be held in October 2016!
For more information see the Victorian Electoral Commission website http://www.vec.vic.gov.au