ELECTION SUPPORT: Computer helps blind people vote. Photo: Mike Knott / NewsMail
ELECTION SUPPORT: Computer helps blind people vote. Photo: Mike Knott / NewsMail Mike Knott

Computer helps blind voters

BUNDABERG is one of the centres trialling a new computer system that allows voters who are blind or have low vision to vote independently and in secret.

The system is being used as part of an accessible voting trial by the Electoral Commission Queensland for the first time at the 2015 Queensland state election.

e-Assist - available at nine polling stations throughout the state including at Vision Australia's Coorparoo head office - allows a voter to place their vote by following voice prompts on an audio-enabled computer.

Vision Australia advocacy adviser Liz Jeffrey said that the trial of e-Assist, and the introduction of telephone voting at this year's state election, was a move in the right direction in providing the blind and low vision community with the same voting experience as sighted voters.

"Vision Australia is extremely pleased that there are two convenient and user friendly voting options available to the blind and low vision community," Ms Jeffrey said.

Pre-poll booths offering e-Assist are open until Thursday, January 29 between 9am and 5pm and on Friday, January 30 between 9am and 6pm. All pre-poll booths will be closed on Sunday, January 25.

The Bundaberg booth with the e-Assist facility is at 50, Woondooma St.



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