Everybody has the right and responsibility to vote. This is a great opportunity for people with a disability to have a say about what happens in their local community.
Just because somebody hasn’t voted in the past, that doesn’t mean that they don’t want to vote now or in the future.
Scope has worked with the Victorian Electoral Commission to develop Easy English guides for voting along with an app Voters Voice which includes a DVD which encourages everyone to vote.
The deadline to enrol is 4pm on Friday 26th August 2016. To enrol to vote visit www.vec.vic.gov.au/Enrolment
Helpful questions to ask yourself or the person you support
Do you want to vote this year?
Every Australian citizen over the age of 18 has the right to vote. Having a disability or not being able to read does not mean that you can’t vote. Some people may not have voted in the past. It is still important to talk with them about whether they would like to vote this year.
Are you enrolled to vote?
If you are an Australian citizen who lives in Victoria you can check your enrolment details online on the VEC website at any time. If you think you might have a council-administered voting entitlement, contact that local council.
Enrolling to vote
Complete an enrolment form on the VEC website, or pick one up at any post office or Australian Electoral Commission office. Return the form to the Victorian Electoral Commission by 4:00pm on Friday 26 August 2016.
To enrol for a council-administered voting entitlement, contact that local council.
Do you know how to vote in a local council election?
Local council elections can be conducted by postal voting or attendance voting. Each council chooses the method that will be used for its elections. The method of voting is noted in all advertising and will be clearly identified on the VEC website as early as possible.
The VEC has information booklets that have been translated into Easy English by Scope’s Communication & Inclusion Resource Centre. The information covers both voting by postal voting or attendance voting:
Do you need to change any of your details?
You may have changed your name or address since you last voted. You can check your details on the VEC website and make any changes as needed.
Who would you like to assist you with voting?
Not everyone will need or want assistance to vote on the day. If you do, you might have preferences on who assists you. It’s important that you ask someone you trust.
If voting at an attendance election, an election official will be able to assist you on the day if this is what you want.
Assistance can look like:
- Helping to complete, fold and deposit a ballot form
- Witnessing your ‘mark’ if you cannot sign the form
A note for support workers
When assisting someone to identify who they vote for, it is crucial that you remain unbiased. In other words, please remember to leave your own political opinions and voting preferences out of things. If you don’t think you can, be honest and find someone else to assist.
If you have any questions, please contact the VEC using the contact details on their website.