Thursday, 11 August 2016

Groundbreaking app gives voters with a disability a voice

Voters with complex communication difficulties will be able to participate in enrolling and voting—possibly for the first time—thanks to the development of an exciting new app by the Victorian Electoral Commission.

Voters Voice is a free iPad app developed to provide information about enrolling and voting in Victorian elections in various formats, and a communication board for those voters who cannot speak or have difficulty making themselves understood.

The inaugural version is for the Victorian council elections being held in October 2016 and is primarily for use by those who will be voting at voting centres. Six Victorian councils will be conducting their election by attendance method—Banyule, Greater Dandenong, Knox, Moreland, Port Phillip and Yarra City Councils. All remaining Victorian councils except Greater Geelong City Council will be conducting their elections by post; the app provides information on these elections too.

Scope partnered with the Commission on the development of the app.

Voters Voice is available for download through the Apple iTunes store. Further information about the app can be found online at vec.vic.gov.au