iVote

What is iVote® - Click here for Information about iVote

iVote® is the Commission's online and telephone voting system which was available for the 2017 State general election. iVote® is a registered trademark of the NSW Electoral Commission. The registration symbol will not be used throughout the rest of this website.

What is the iVote system?

The iVote system is a form of voting using a telephone or the internet at a location of your choice. iVote is compatible with a number of screen reader software.

Who can use the iVote system?

iVote is available to people enrolled to vote in WA who cannot vote without assistance because they:

  • have insufficient literacy skills
  • are blind or sight impaired
  • are otherwise incapacitated.

How do I register for iVote?

The following information illustrates the registration process:

  • You must be on the electoral roll
  • You will need to make a declaration that you are eligible to use iVote
  • You will need to provide a 6 digit personal identification number (PIN)
  • You may need to also provide a secondary form of identification i.e. Medicare or Passport number
  • Your iVote number will be sent to you via your nominated method, either SMS, email, letter or phone.
How to use iVote - Click here for instructions on how to use iVote

Access iVote by Internet or touch tone telephone.

1. Register for iVote

  • Make a declaration that you are eligible to use iVote.
  • When registering you may need to also provide a secondary form of identification i.e. Medicare or Passport number.
  • Provide a 6 digit Personal Identification Number (PIN).
  • You will receive (by SMS preferred) a unique 8 digit iVote number.

2. Vote with iVote

  • Enter your 6 digit PIN and unique 8 digit iVote number to access voting.
  • Instructions for voting are displayed or read out to you.
  • Ballot papers are shown on screen or read out to you.
  • Select the candidates you wish to vote for.
  • Check and confirm your choices.
  • Submit your vote when complete.
  • A unique 12 digit receipt number will be issued once you have voted.

3. Verify (Optional)

  • Verification of iVote is no longer available
Voting Instructions - Click here for instructions on how to vote on the internet

Instructions on the ballot specifically from a Desktop and Tablet experience (mobile devices follow a very similar path).

To Vote:

  • To access the voting system enter your 8 digit iVote number and 6 digit PIN.
  • Tick the box to declare you have not previously voted at this election.
  • Number the first candidate of your choice by double clicking (Desktop) or tapping (tablet) on that candidate’s square.
  • Alternatively, you can press the N key when you are in the edit box for that candidate.

The Legislative Assembly ballot on iVote by Web    

The ballot is structured as follows:

  • At the top of the page there are some short instructions and a link to further Help.
  • Next is the ballot title with the name of your voting district.
  • This is followed by a set of instructions specific to voting in the Legislative Assembly ballot.
  • The candidates are then listed. Each candidate is formatted Surname and then First name with their political affiliation (if any). There is a square to the left of the candidate’s details and this is where you indicate your preference vote.

The Legislative Council ballot on iVote by Web

The ballot page is structured as follows:

  • There are some short instructions and a link to further Help.
  • This is followed by two links, the first takes you to the start of the Above the Line ticket vote section of the ballot and the second takes you to the start of the Below the Line candidate preference section of the ballot.
  • The ballot is made up of two parts: Above the Line and Below the Line. You may vote either Above the Line OR Below the Line.
  • Above the line the parties, groups or candidates are listed horizontally.
  • Below the line the candidates for each party or group are listed vertically. At the top of each candidate list there is a link which will move you directly to the next column. At the bottom of each group of candidates there is a link that will return you to the top of the column you are currently on.
  • Each candidate is displayed in up to three lines: Surname on the first line, then First names, then political affiliation (if any). There is a square to the left of the candidate details and this is where you enter your preference vote.

You can vote either Above the Line or Below the Line.

Voting above the line

  • Indicate your most preferred party, group, or individual of your choice by double clicking on that relevant square.
  • Alternatively, you can press the N key when you are in the edit box for that party, group or individual.

Voting below the line

  • If you vote Below the Line you must number all squares for all candidates in the order of your choice.
  • You must assign consecutive numbers to all squares for your vote to be counted.
Frequently asked questions - Click here for FAQs
Screen readers - Click here for information about screen readers

Note: even if you are an experienced screen reader user, we request that you read these instructions, especially the sections on Recording Your Vote Preferences or Choices on a ballot.

After accessibility testing and consultation at VisAbility in Perth, the following outcomes need to be considered:

  • BrailleNote Touch (Android 4.4) has accessibility issues and is not compatible with iVote.
  • ZoomText is accessible with the Microsoft IE/Edge, Chrome and Firefox, however the ballot papers do not present well in Doc Reader and a better experience is gained by having the App Reader enabled.
  • NVDA is accessible with the Microsoft IE/Edge, Firefox and Chrome, however Firefox users should use the tab key for navigation. It was also important to activate the ‘out of form’ mode to read pop up messages.
  • Jaws (version 17 and 18) performs well with the Microsoft IE/Edge, Chrome and Firefox.
  • MacOS 10 (El Capitan) with VoiceOver is fully accessible with Safari.
  • Using VoiceOver on iOS devices has accessibility issues and is not recommended at this stage.

Using iVote with Windows Screen Readers

iVote by Web includes W3C-Compliant ARIA landmarks to make the navigation experience in the iVote system more efficient for users who have an ARIA-aware screen reader such as JAWS 12 or NVDA.

iVote by web has been designed with accessibility in mind, but the process of voting online involves extensive navigation of complex forms, especially if you intend voting below the line on the Legislative Council ballot.

This reliance on forms means that you will need a strong familiarity with completing website forms with your screen reader. For example knowing how to activate and deactivate forms mode in JAWS or how to switch browse mode off or on in Window Eyes.

For best results, it is recommended that you first review each ballot page with forms mode off in JAWS or with browse mode on in Window Eyes, to understand its overall layout and general operation.

Then you can activate forms mode or disable browse mode to start adding choices to the ballot. The Tab key is the most reliable way to move between groups or candidates on the ballot.

The ballot layout for the Legislative Council

The ballot page for the Legislative Council is made up of two parts: Above the Line and Below the Line. You may vote either Above the Line OR Below the Line. Above the line, the parties, groups or candidates are listed horizontally. Below the line, the candidates for each party or group are listed vertically. At the top of each candidate list there is a link which will move you directly to the next column. At the bottom of each group of candidates there is a link that will return you to the top of the column you are currently on.

Recording Your Vote Preferences or Choices on a ballot

To add a choice or preference, you need to be in Forms Mode in JAWS or have Browse mode turned off in Window eyes.

When you are on a candidate to whom you wish to give your next vote preference, type the N key when in the edit box for that candidate, to allocate them your next choice number.

Note: Although your screen reader won't automatically announce the preference number given to that candidate when you press the letter N, the number is automatically inserted into the edit box. You can check this by using the current line command in your screen reader.

Important note: Pressing the letter N is the only way to add a vote preference or choice number to a candidate or group with a screen reader. iVote by Web does not accept numbers typed into edit boxes on the ballot. If you try to type numbers into edit boxes, your screen reader may speak the digits you type, but they will not appear in the edit box.

ARIA Landmarks

If you have a recent version of JAWS or some other screen readers such as NVDA, then you will notice that there are ARIA landmarks on some of the ballot pages. ARIA landmarks allow you to jump very quickly to different parts of the webpage.

For example, in iVote by Web, on the Legislative Council Ballot, the ARIA landmarks move you between Above the Line and Below the Line voting, and also provide a very quick way to move to the top of each group of candidates listed below the line.

In JAWS, when you are out of forms mode, you can move to the next landmark by pressing the semicolon key and return to the previous landmark by pressing Shift semicolon. You can also bring up a list of all ARIA Landmarks on the page by pressing insert with control with the semicolon key.

If your screen reader doesn't support ARIA Landmarks, then you are still able to move from group to group when voting below the line by using the jump links found at the top and bottom of each group.

Accessing iVote By Web using VoiceOver on the Mac.

You can use all the standard webpage navigation and interaction features of VoiceOver to review and complete ballots in iVote by Web.

Recording Your Vote Preferences or Choices on a ballot

When you are on the edit box for a group or candidate to which you wish to give your next choice, type the N key when in the edit box for that group or candidate to allocate them your next choice number.

Note: VoiceOver will announce the preference or choice number a second or so after you press the N key.

Important note: Pressing the letter N is the only way to add a vote preference or choice number to a candidate or group with VoiceOver. iVote by Web does not accept numbers typed into edit boxes on the ballot. If you try to type numbers into edit boxes, VoiceOver may speak the digits you type, but they will not appear in the edit box.

ARIA Landmarks

VoiceOver on the Mac provides some support of ARIA Landmarks, and you can also move between below the line groups using the navigation links at the top and bottom of each group.

You can keep this help window open for reference, or you can close it and return to iVote by Web.

Approved procedures - Procedures for Technology Assisted Voting

The Electoral Act 1907 requires the Electoral Commissioner to approve and publish procedures in relation to technology assisted voting. Throughout this document excerpts from the Act are quoted. Where the legislation is quoted it will appear in italics prior to the written procedures.

Approved procedures (PDF 596 KB)

Auditor's report - Auditor's final report on operation of iVote

Read the letter of audit (PDF 471KB) and auditor's recommendations (PDF 1.1MB).