Voting Assistance at the Polling Place
Any elector who requires assistance to vote can take a friend to help them, or ask an election official. The election official can assist the elector by marking their ballot papers in accordance with their wishes or by depositing their completed ballot paper in the ballot box.
Posters in every polling place show electors how to fill in their ballot papers.
Information in English and other languages
Every polling place will have a booklet called 'Instructions for Voting - Multilingual Guide' which provides information about voting and how to complete the ballot papers.
Blind and low vision electors
Luminance contrast design on election furniture
Certain cardboard furniture, such as the ballot box, used at State and Local Government elections have luminous contrast markings to assist electors with depth perception.
Hand held magnifiers and user friendly pencils
All polling places and pre-poll voting centres have hand held magnifiers and maxi pencils and voting instructions in large print, available to assist electors who may have difficulty reading the ballot paper or marking the squares. If you require either of these items, please ask an election offical.
Braille voting - Local Government elections only
In 2008 the local government legislation was amended to enable blind and vision impaired electors to vote using a Braille ballot paper.
To receive a Braille ballot paper, electors have to register with the NSWEC and provide their name, address and preferred method of voting. The ballot papers are then delivered to a pre-poll centre, postal address or polling place nominated by the elector.
Once registered, electors receive Braille voting instructions, Braille ballot papers, a declaration envelope to enclose their completed ballot papers and a return pre-paid envelope. Returned votes are then confidentially transcribed and added to the rest of the votes to be counted.
At State and Local Government elections, the NSWEC leases venues to be used as polling places on election day. The appropriateness of each location for people with mobility difficulties is a key consideration.
As with the Returning Officers' offices and pre-poll voting locations, where the relevant Australian standards are completely met the polling place is classified as fully wheelchair accessible; where most of the criteria are met it is classified as assisted wheelchair access.
The level of accessibility of these venues is displayed on votensw.info as follows:
full wheelchair access
assisted wheelchair access
On each District map these premises are shown and the details relating to accessibility appear on the screen when a particular venue is selected. In this way electors with a disability are able to make a more informed choice as to which location is best for them.
If however you attend a venue that you are unable to enter, you can ask a friend, family member or party worker to request an election official to assist you to vote outside. If this happens:
- an election official will bring the ballot papers out to you,
- you complete the ballot papers and
- the election official will place them in the ballot box.
The election official assisting you should be in the presence of a scrutineer, another election official or some other person you nominate to ensure that your ballot paper is completed and submitted in accordance with your wishes.
All polling places will have at least 1 wheelchair accessible voting screen.