Submission to the NSW Parliament Joint Standing Committee on Electoral Matters

Picture shows Ballot boxes in a hall for State Election

Submission on the administration of the 2023 state election

22 March 2024

People with Disability Australia drafted this submission to help inform changes to the conduct of the 2027 NSW State Election, so that all people with disability can exercise their rights, unimpeded, to vote.

The abolition of the iVote system in particular disadvantaged people with vision impairment. People with Disability Australia (PWDA) and our members were disappointed that the system was not re-commissioned in time for the 2023 election.

PWDA does not consider it acceptable that our members participate in another election without the NSW Government and the NSW Electoral Commission investing in reasonable adjustment to allow all voters to participate equally.

PWDA has made recommendations to inform the administration of the next NSW State election and looks forward to ongoing engagement with both Government and the NSW Electoral Commission on improvements that facilitate more accessible participation of voters with disability in elections.

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