Online voting registrations open for NSW election

INTERNET voting will be available in the NSW election for the blind, disabled or those unable to make it to a polling booth.

Registrations for NSW's iVote system have been opened for those applicable.

NSW electoral commissioner Colin Barry said the online system ensured everyone was able to have their say in the election.

Eligible voters include those who are blind, vision impaired, have a disability, have literacy needs, live more than 20km from a polling place or who are outside NSW on election day.

"People have the right to a secret ballot," Mr Barry said.

"The iVote system allows a range of people to vote unassisted."

Mr Barry said many voters would benefit from long distance polling access, or the knowledge their vote would be secret.

He said about 13,000 NSW electors were blind and about 54,000 had low vision.

"Approximately 330,000 NSW electors with other disabilities and 30,000 electors in remote, rural areas might also benefit from using the iVote system," he said.

"The availability of internet voting will also greatly benefit the thousands of electors who are interstate or overseas on election day".

Registrations close at 1pm on election day, Saturday, March 28. Once registered, electors can vote using the online system from March 16 to 6pm, Saturday, March 28.

To find out more about iVote visit http://www.ivote.nsw.gov.au or phone 1300 24 86 83.

- APN NEWSDESK



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