Opinion Number. 273

Subject

ELECTIONS WHETHER APPLICATION FOR POSTAL VOTE MAY BE SIGNED IN BRAILLE

Key Legislation

COMMONWEALTH ELECTORAL ACTS 1902-1905, s. 109

Date
Client
The Secretary, Department of Home Affairs

The question whether an application for a Postal Vote Certificate on Form K under the Commonwealth Electoral Acts 1902-1905 with the signature in Braille character can be received has been referred to me for advice.

I am informed that a Braille signature is made with a machine by indentation of characters and that there is nothing to distinguish a given name written by one person or another unless witnessed.

Under the Electoral Acts 1902-1905, an application for a postal vote certificate must be signed by an elector in his own handwriting.

I am of opinion that the application has not been signed as directed by the Act and cannot be received or acted upon.

[Vol. 5, p. 491]