Can you be excused from voting if you’re of unsound mind?
Maureen’s mum has just been diagnosed with dementia and doesn’t have the mental capacity to vote, but how does she go about being excused?
My mum suffers from dementia and has just been admitted to a high care facility. She has good days and bad and with the upcoming federal election, I’m unsure what to do about her compulsory vote. Does she have to vote or can I arrange for her to be excused?
A. Those who have a physical or mental inability to vote can be excused, but this must be approved by a medical practioner. The process is relatively simple, once you know where to look.
Step one: Visit the Australian Electoral Commission (AEC) at www.aec.gov.au.
Step two: Click on ‘Change address’
Step three: On this page, under ‘Special enrolment options’, click on ‘physically incapable of signing’
Step four: Towards the bottom of this page, there are links to forms for each state, click on the required state
Step five: Download and print the PDF form, complete and have it signed by your medical practioner
Step six: Submit your form to the AEC. This can be done in person to your nearest office, by mail to the reply paid address, by fax or you can scan and submit your form online. To find out more about submitting your form, visit AEC.gov.au.
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