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How Covid isolators Can VOTE BY PHONE

Telephone voting for COVID-19 positive people

If you are COVID-19 positive and in isolation on election day, you can register for a secure telephone vote. You must register by 4pm AEST Saturday 21 May. Telephone voting lines will remain open until 6pm local time Saturday 21 May.


Step 1: Register online

Registration is available until 4pm AEST Saturday 21 May 2022. NOTE: The online registration form is temporarily unavailable while we update the form with recently announced expansion to eligibility requirements. We expect this to be a short outage. Please check back soon. (See link below for updated form)

To register to vote by telephone as a COVID-affected person, you are required to make a declaration and provide evidence that you have tested positive for COVID-19 after 6pm on Tuesday 17 May 2022. You will need evidence of your positive COVID-19 test result, including:

  • if PCR – location of the testing centre, date and time you received your positive test result, and the reference number from your health authority (if provided)

  • if RAT – date and time of positive RAT result, brand and serial number of RAT (if available) and reference number from health authority following registration of your positive RAT (if provided)

You will be prompted to confirm your details on the electoral roll, complete an eligibility questionnaire and choose a 6-digit PIN. You will then receive an 8-digit telephone voting registration number. You can choose to have this sent by SMS or email.

The online registration form is temporarily unavailable while we update the form with recently announced expansion to eligibility requirements. We expect this to be a short outage. Please check back soon.

Step 2: Call to vote

Telephone voting is only available:

  • Friday 20 May 2022 8.30am to 6pm local time

  • Election day Saturday 21 May 2022 8am to 6pm local time

To prepare for telephone voting:

  1. View the representation of your ballot papers

  2. Consider how you want to mark your voting preferences

  3. Have the page open on your device when you call

Call 1800 413 960 to cast your vote once you are prepared and have received your telephone voting registration number. We recommend calling as soon as you are ready as there could be lengthy delays on Saturday.


What happens when you call

To protect your privacy, you will be asked for your 8-digit registration number and 6-digit PIN rather than your personal details to mark you off the electoral roll. This means your vote remains secret because the AEC voting assistant will not know your name or address.

An AEC voting assistant will record your vote onto hard copy ballot papers. The voting assistant will then place the ballot papers into an envelope and the envelope will be placed into a secure ballot box and then included in the count.

The above is focused on Dunkley voters, for full information please see Telephone voting for COVID-19 positive people - 2022 federal election


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