Have you ever dreamed of doing your part for democracy without leaving the comfort of your car? For a few voters in Queensland, that dream is about to become a reality.
Two electorates in South East Queensland will be trialling drive-through voting booths in the upcoming November 25 election.
The stations are designed for people who are mobility impaired, making the compulsory vote more accessible to people with any type of mobility issue.
“You drive in, we come to you; we hand you a ballot paper [and] mark you off the roll, you put it in these portable ballot boxes and then they get added to the count,” said assistant electoral commissioner Dermot Tiernan.
Accessible drive-through voting has been trialled before in the US and Canada, however, despite having compulsory voting, the initiative has never been trialled in Australia. The drive-through trial is being met with an enthusiastic response from the public.
“So far we’ve done very little promotion, but there’s a lot of excitement, we’re getting a lot of calls at the call centre about it, and a lot of the elderly groups are quite interested in it,” Tiernan explained.
The upcoming Queensland election will also see many other initiatives to assist voters such an e-assist station for people who are blind or vision impaired, and telephone voting for rural Queenslanders who would not be able to get to a booth.