Telephone dictation voting for the Northcote by-election

Anyone who is enrolled to vote in the Northcote general electorate and is blind, has low vision or another physical disability that prevents them from marking their ballot paper without assistance is eligible to vote by telephone dictation at the Northcote by-election.

Register to vote by telephone dictation

Even if you have registered for telephone dictation voting at a previous election, you will need to register again to vote using telephone dictation in this by-election.

You can register from Wednesday 7 May by calling 0800 028 028 on weekdays from 9am to 5pm.

You must be registered to vote by telephone dictation by 5pm, Thursday 7 June – two days before election day.  If you haven’t registered by this time you won’t be able to vote by telephone dictation but you can still vote at any advance voting place before election day or at any voting place on election day, Saturday 9 June.

When you register, you will be asked to choose a secret question and answer that only you know and you will be given a personal registration number.  You can choose from one of three secret questions:

  • The name of your first pet; or
  • The name of the street you grew up in; or
  • The name of the primary school you attended.

Your personal registration number and secret question are used to confirm that you’re registered for this service. It means that you won’t need to give your name to the electoral official when you call back to vote.  Please don’t tell anyone your secret question or the answer to it until you call back to vote.

Your registration number can be sent to you by mail, email, text message or over the phone.  You’ll need to know your registration number and the answer to your secret question when you call back to vote.

How to vote using telephone dictation

Voting by telephone dictation opens Wednesday 23 May.  You can call weekdays from 9am to 5pm. To vote, call 0800 028 028 and provide the electoral official with your registration number and the answer to your secret question.  Do not give your name to the electoral official – they won’t know your identity and your vote is secret.

The electoral official will read out the names of all the candidates standing in the Northcote by-election. They will mark your ballot paper according to your instructions.

A second electoral official will confirm that the ballot paper has been marked according to your instructions.

In this by-election you have one vote only, for the candidate you want to be your local Member of Parliament.  This is different from a general election where you have two votes – one for a party and the other for your local candidate.

Your last chance to vote is on election day, Saturday 9 June from 9am to 7pm.

Last updated: 08 May 2018