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  • Writer's pictureThe Beagle

Isolating Covid voters NOW able to phone vote

#BREAKING: Any voter who has tested positive for COVID-19 after 6pm Friday 13th May will be able to access the Secure Telephone Voting service The Australian Electoral Commission has expanded phone voting to include any voter isolating with COVID-19 after Crikey reported that a loophole in eligibility would leave some voters unable to cast their ballot [FREE TO READ] https://www.crikey.com.au/2022/05/20/covid-19-voting-election-isolation-phone/

Step 1: Register online

Registration is available from 6.01pm AEST Wednesday 18 May 2022 until 4pm AEST Saturday 21 May 2022.

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 Friday 13th May. 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. REGISTER HERE https://check.aec.gov.au/CovidAffectedRegistration.aspx Step 2: Call to vote

Telephone voting is only available:

  • Thursday 19 May 2022 8.30am to 5.30pm local time

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

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

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