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How to vote in Mayo by-election

The following information has been proided by the Australian Electorol Commission to assist people who are Blind or Vision Impaired to vote in the Mayo by-election

 

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Your official guide to the 2018 Mayo by-election

Part 1 - Introduction

The Mayo by-election will be held on Saturday 28 July 2018.

This guide is only relevant to people who are enrolled to vote in the federal electoral Division of Mayo in South Australia and live within the boundaries in place at the 2016 federal election.

The changes from the redistribution process that will be finalised on 20 July 2018 will not apply.

If you are not sure if you are required to vote in the by-election, you should check your enrolment information at the Check my enrolment Australian Electoral Commission (AEC) web page, or call the Australian Electoral Commission (AEC) on 13 23 26 if you need help.

If you are blind or have low vision, or otherwise need assistance to vote, this is available at the polling place. If you are unable to attend a polling place, you may be able to vote by telephone or by post.

These options are explained further in Parts 2 and 3 of this guide.

Why is there a by-election?

You will be voting for a representative for the federal electoral Division of Mayo in the House of Representatives.

This by-election is being held following the resignation of the member for Mayo.

Who has to vote?

Voting is compulsory for Australian citizens aged 18 years and over who are enrolled to vote in the federal electoral Division of Mayo and live within the boundaries in place at the 2016 federal election.

Part 2 - What if I can’t make it on by-election day?

If you can’t make it to a polling place in the federal electoral Division of Mayo on by-election day, you may be entitled to vote early.

For more information about early voting eligibility, visit the 2018 Mayo by-election AEC web page or call the AEC on 13 23 26.

Early voting options are described below.

By post

You can apply for a postal vote online at the 2018 Mayo by-election - postal voting web page.

Application forms are also available from AEC offices. To find your closest AEC office, go to the Contact the AEC web page or call the AEC on 13 23 26.

The AEC must receive your postal vote application as soon as possible and no later than 6pm local time Wednesday 25 July 2018.

In person

If you are entitled to vote early, you can vote at an early voting centre or an AEC office from Tuesday 10 July to Friday 27 July 2018.

Visit the 2018 Mayo by-election AEC web page to check the opening dates and hours of each early voting centre.

Each early voting centre is given an accessibility rating to assist people with disabilities or mobility restrictions.

You can check the accessibility rating and details of polling places at the 2018 Mayo by-election AEC web page.

You can click on the rating listed against each polling place to find out more about its specific accessibility features.

Below is a list of early voting centres, ordered alphabetically by suburb name.

Adelaide
21 King William Street

Bridgewater
407 Mount Barker Road

McLaren Vale
134 Main Road

Mount Barker
20 Cameron Road

Strathalbyn
17 South Terrace

Victor Harbor
45 Ocean Street

Telephone voting

Voters who are blind or have low vision can cast a vote by telephone from any location by calling 1800 913 993.

Telephone voting is a simple two-step process and AEC voting assistants are available to assist you through the process.

Step 1: Call to register

If you wish to vote by telephone, you must first register by calling 1800 913 993.

Registration is available on weekdays between 8.30am and 5.30pm local time from Monday 9 July 2018 until Friday 27 July 2018. It is also available from 8am to 12 midday local time on Saturday 28 July 2018.

You will be asked questions to check your details on the electoral roll, and will be asked to choose a PIN.

You will then receive a telephone voting registration number by your choice of an email, SMS, phone call or postal mail.

Step 2: Call to vote

Once you have received your registration number and chosen your PIN, you will need to call 1800 913 993 again to cast your vote.

Telephone voting will commence from Tuesday 10 July 2018.

Voting will be available on weekdays between 8.30am and 5.30pm local time. It will also be available from 8am to 6pm local time on Saturday 28 July 2018.

To cast your vote, call 1800 913 993.

When you call, do not give your name.

Please have your telephone voting registration number and chosen PIN ready.

With these numbers you can vote without giving your name, and these will be used to mark you off the electoral roll.

An AEC voting assistant will record your vote. A second voting assistant will ensure your vote is recorded as you intended.

Your vote remains secret because the AEC voting assistant will not know your name or address.

Once your vote is complete, the voting assistant will place the ballot paper into a secure ballot box.

You have until 12 midday local time on Saturday 28 July 2018 to register, and until 6pm local time on Saturday 28 July 2018 to cast your vote.

Part 3 – How do I vote in person on by-election day?

If you are able to attend a polling place on by-election day, Saturday 28 July 2018, please note that polling places open at 8am and close at 6pm sharp.

If you need assistance to vote at a polling place, you can ask someone there to help you.

Polling place staff are trained to assist you, or you can nominate any person (other than a candidate) to assist.

This could be a friend, relative or a party worker. If you do not nominate someone, then the polling official in charge may provide assistance.

Each polling place is given an accessibility rating to assist people with disabilities or mobility restrictions.

You can check the accessibility rating and details of polling places at the 2018 Mayo by-election AEC web page.

You can click on the rating listed against each polling place to find out more about its specific accessibility features.

What happens at the polling place?

  1. A polling official will ask for your full name and address, and if you have voted before in the 2018 Mayo by-election. Your name will be marked off the electoral roll.
  2. You will be given your green ballot paper for the House of Representatives. If you are able, read the instructions on the ballot paper carefully, otherwise polling place staff or your nominated assistant can read the instructions to you. 
  3. Complete your ballot paper. You must number every box to make your vote count. If you have nominated an assistant, the assistant reads the content of the ballot paper aloud to you and then completes it according to your preferences.
  4. Once you have completed your ballot paper, fold it and place in the ballot box provided.

Remember, if you need help, you can ask a polling official.

Where can I vote on by-election day?

You can vote at any polling place in the federal electoral Division of Mayo on by-election day.

At the time of producing this guide, the locations of some polling places were yet to be confirmed. Final locations are published and available at the 2018 Mayo by-election AEC web page.

Below is a list of polling places, ordered alphabetically by suburb name.

Aldgate
Aldgate Primary School

American River
American River Community Hall

Ashbourne
Eastern Fleurieu School (Ashbourne Campus)

Birdwood
Birdwood Primary School

Bradbury
Longwood Institute

Bridgewater
Bridgewater Primary School

Brukunga
Brukunga Community Association

Callington
Callington Memorial Hall

Charleston
Charleston Memorial Hall

Cherry Gardens
Cherry Gardens Memorial Hall

Clarendon
Clarendon Community Hall

Coromandel Valley
Coromandel Valley Primary School

Crafers
Crafers Primary School

Cudlee Creek
Cudlee Creek Soldiers Memorial Hall

Currency Creek
Currency Creek Community Hall

Delamere
St James Anglican Church

Echunga
Echunga Primary School

Forreston
Forreston Memorial Hall

Goolwa

  • Goolwa Primary School
  • Goolwa Uniting Church

Gumeracha
Gumeracha Town Hall

Hahndorf
St Paul’s Lutheran Church

Happy Valley
Happy Valley Primary School

Hayborough
Encounter Lutheran College

Houghton
Houghton Districts FC

Kangarilla
Kangarilla Primary School

Kersbrook
Kersbrook Primary School

Kingscote
Kangaroo Island Community Education (Kingscote Campus)

Langhorne Creek
Langhorne Creek Soldiers Memorial Hall

Lenswood
Lenswood Primary School

Littlehampton
Littlehampton Primary School

Lobethal
Lobethal Senior Citizens Hall

Macclesfield
Macclesfield Institute

Magill
Magill Primary School

McLaren Flat
McLaren Flat Soldiers Hall

McLaren Vale
McLaren Vale Primary School

Meadows
Meadows Memorial Hall

Middleton
Middleton Pioneer Hall

Milang
Milang Institute

Mount Barker

  • Mount Barker High School
  • St Mark’s Lutheran School
  • TAFE SA (Mount Barker Campus)

Mount Compass
Mount Compass Area School

Mount Pleasant
Mount Pleasant Primary School

Mount Torrens
Spring Head Lutheran School

Mylor
Mylor Cotton Memorial Hall

Myponga
Myponga Primary School

Nairne
Nairne Primary School

Norton Summit
Norton Summit Primary School

Oakbank
Oakbank Area School

Paracombe
Paracombe Hall

Parndana
Parndana Community Health Centre

Penneshaw
Kangaroo Island Community Education (Penneshaw Campus)

Piccadilly
Piccadilly Community Hall

Port Elliot
Port Elliot RSL

Second Valley
Second Valley Soldiers Memorial Hall

Stirling
Stirling East Primary School
St Catherine’s School

Strathalbyn
Strathalbyn Town Hall

Summertown
Summertown Uniting Church

Upper Sturt
Upper Sturt Primary School

Uraidla
Uraidla Primary School

Victor Harbor

  • Encounter Centre
  • Victor Harbor Recreation Centre

Willunga
Willunga High School

Woodchester
Richardson Hall

Woodside
Woodside Primary School

Yankalilla
Jubilee Hall

Part 4 - How to make your vote count

For the Mayo by-election, you will be given a green ballot paper.

You will be voting for a representative for the federal electoral Division of Mayo in the House of Representatives.

Number every box in the order of your choice.

Don’t worry if you make a mistake. You can ask for another ballot paper and start again.

You can practise voting at the AEC Practise voting web page.

Part 5 - Accessible information

List of candidates

The list of candidates contesting the Mayo by-election is now available.

You can listen to the list of candidates at the 2018 Mayo by-election AEC web page by using the Read Speaker application on the AEC’s website to read the content aloud.

You can also save content from the AEC’s website, including the list of candidates, as an MP3 file by using the Read Speaker application.

The list of candidates is also available in accessible formats at the Information for people with disability or mobility restrictions web page.

Alternatively, you can request a copy of the list of candidates to be sent to you in e-text, large print, braille or audio formats by calling the AEC on 13 23 26.

Other accessible formats of this guide

This guide is also available in other accessible formats.

You can download an audio MP3, e-text or a large print PDF format from the Information for people with disability or mobility restrictions web page.

Alternatively, you can call the AEC on 13 23 26 to have a braille, audio or large print format sent to you.

Other assistance

People who are deaf or have a hearing or speech impairment can contact us through the National Relay Service (NRS):

  • TTY users phone 13 36 77 and quote 13 23 26.
  • Speak and Listen users phone 1300 555 727 and quote 13 23 26.
  • Internet relay users connect to the NRS then ask for 13 23 26.

For information about voting and elections in other languages call the number listed next to your preferred language.

The below list is ordered alphabetically by language.

  • Arabic : 1300 720 132
  • Cantonese: 1300 720 135
  • Croatian: 1300 720 136
  • Greek: 1300 720 137
  • Italian : 1300 720 138
  • Khmer : 1300 720 134
  • Korean: 1300 720 468
  • Macedonian: 1300 720 139
  • Mandarin: 1300 720 142
  • Polish: 1300 720 143
  • Portuguese: 1300 720 145
  • Russian: 1300 720 146
  • Serbian: 1300 720 147
  • Spanish: 1300 720 148
  • Turkish: 1300 720 149
  • Vietnamese: 1300 720 152
  • Other languages: 1300 720 153

Authorised by the Australian Electoral Officer for South Australia, Adelaide.