Help for voters
The VEC has many services for people who need help to vote.
VoterAlert is the VEC’s free SMS/email reminder system. By signing up to VoterAlert you will receive alerts about important electoral activities, such as State and local council elections.
Read more information or sign up on our VoterAlert page
Telephone assisted voting
Telephone assisted voting is available at State elections for people who are unable to vote without assistance because they are blind, have low vision or have a motor impairment.
At voting centres
Help from a family member, friend or carer
You can bring someone with you to the voting centre to help you complete your ballot papers.
Help from staff
Election staff are happy to help you. You can recognise them by the election official vest they wear.
If you need help from a staff member to fill out your ballot papers, one of the following people can also be there:
- a scrutineer
- another election official
- another person you nominate.
You can also bring a written statement. For example, you can show a how-to-vote card as how you want your ballot papers to be marked.
All voting centres are audited and rated according to their wheelchair accessibility. This information will be listed in regional newspapers in the week before election day, in major metropolitan daily newspapers on election day, and on this website during the election period.
Voting centre signage will also have a sticker that indicates the voting centre's accessibility rating.
Languages other than English
At State elections, some voting screens will have instructions on how to vote in 19 languages.
Staff at voting centres may speak other languages as well as English. They will wear an interpreter sticker. There will also be a poster in the voting centre with the languages spoken by staff.
Magnifiers and maxi pencils
Magnifiers and maxi pencils will be available at each voting centre, and there will be signage at voting centres indicating where to find them.
Accessible voting screens
Every voting centre has at least one wheelchair accessible voting screen (a lower and wider voting screen) or a tabletop voting screen.
Enrolment and voting advice
Large print files
You can request large print files with key dates and information about enrolment, nomination and voting requirements.
Carers of people with cognitive disabilities
Enrolment and voting advice is available for families and carers of people with a cognitive disability or impairment:
- Enrolment and voting advice for carers (PDF, 279kB)
- Enrolment and voting advice for carers (Word, 328kB)