Thursday 20 November 2014
For immediate release
Wayfinding assistance now available for voters
Wayfinding assistance is now available to guide electors to the Victorian Electoral Commission's six accessibility supercentres to cast their vote in the 2014 State election.
Wayfinding provides voters who are blind or have low vision with detailed directions to help them navigate to and from a given location safely and with ease.
Services available at the supercentres include Electronically Assisted Voting – the biggest users of which are those electors who are blind or have low vision, Auslan interpreters and audio loops, full wheelchair access and accessible parking, talking boards for voters with communication difficulties, magnifying sheets, large pencils and bilingual/multilingual election staff.
Electoral Commissioner Warwick Gately said: 'A key focus for the VEC for this State election is to have the most accessible election on record. This includes helping people to get to key voting centres, rating the accessibility of every voting centre and the provision of clear, accessible information with regard to voting'.
Earlier this year, the Victorian Electoral Commission (VEC) assessed and provided a wheelchair accessibility rating for all 1,786 voting centres available for the 2014 State election.
Accessibility ratings of voting centres, location details and hours of operation are available online at votingcentrelookup.vec.vic.gov.au, by calling 131 832, or on the Vote Victoria app — a free app now available from iTunes and Google Play stores.
Wayfinding instructions can be downloaded from the VEC website at http://vec.vic.gov.au/Voting/AssistanceForVoters.html or a hard copy can be sent by mail by calling 131 832.
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Victorian Electoral Commission
Phone: (03) 8620 1190