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Autistic guide to early voting

Guide written by Amaze’s Communications and Training Adviser and autistic adult Joel Wilson.

Early voting centres are a great alternative to voting on election day. They have fewer crowds and smells (goodbye sausage sizzles!), and you’re less likely to feel rushed.

Another benefit is that the Victorian Electoral Commission (VEC) will have staff at all early voting centres (they’ll also be present on election day). VEC staff wear burgundy vests, making them easy to identify.

Here’s how they can help:

  • Take you to the front of the queue if you’re feeling overwhelmed
  • Fill out your ballot form on the condition that you instruct them verbally or by pointing to the boxes you want them to tick
  • Let someone accompany you to the ballot box (VEC staff need to be told this when you check your name off the electoral roll).

Early voting centres are open from Monday 12 November 2018 to Friday 23 November 2018. You can find your nearest voting centre with the voting centre locator map. Just type your suburb or address into this search bar. It will also show the centre’s opening hours, its address, and whether its wheelchair accessible.

If you’re travelling interstate overseas on election day you still have to vote! Each capital city in Australia has an early voting centre, as do some overseas cities. The VEC has a list here.

Another option is to vote at Melbourne Airport, Terminal 3 (Virgin Australia). It’s open Monday to Friday, 5am to 10pm and on election day (Saturday 24 November 2018), 8am to 6pm.

 

For another alternative voting method, ready my post on postal voting.

Next week, I’ll be sharing a list of resources the VEC and other organisations have created to make voting more accessible.