Advocates for the blind and people with impaired vision have criticised the NSW Electoral Commission’s (NSW EC) decision to restrict voting options after iVote was shut down because of a technical issue during the 2021 local elections.

Tens of thousands of votes were left uncounted in three council districts as a result of the glitch, forcing voters to cast new ballots.

Bruce Maguire, the chief policy adviser for Vision Australia, claimed he has received a deluge of complaints from members of the public who are “disappointed, furious, and offended” that they may only vote by phone.

It’s one of the few instances, he added, where a policy intended to advance people’s rights has actually been reversed.



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