Tuesday 25 October 2022
For immediate release
Voter research conducted by the Victorian Electoral Commission (VEC) has been used to inform its election delivery and communication services for next month’s State election.
'After the 2018 State election, we asked voters what was important to them and have addressed as many of those aspects as possible,' said Deputy Electoral Commissioner Dana Fleming. ‘What we heard is that voters want convenience, communication, choice, control and confirmation that they have done things properly.'
As a result, Victorian voters will be able to take advantage of:
- a 50% increase in the number of early voting centres (from 103 in 2018 to 155 in 2022)
- 'after hours' early voting, including several late nights and all day on Saturday 19 November (9 am to 5 pm)
- not needing a reason to vote early or by post
- digital information and reminders via the VEC’s VoterAlert service
- short videos on topics including how preferences work, completing ballot papers correctly and spotting electoral misinformation and disinformation
- video snippets in 23 languages on enrolling, completing ballot papers correctly and what to do if you forget to vote
- telephone-assisted voting (TAV) for voters who are blind, have low vision or a physical disability that means they require assistance to vote (from 14 November)
- translated website information in 19 languages, including enrolment forms that convert text to English when printing
- live Auslan video interpreting via the Convo app in both early and election day voting centres
- hearing loops at all early voting centres.
'We want to ensure the voting experience is as easy and accessible as possible,' Ms Fleming said.
More information on voting options is available at vec.vic.gov.au