Resources for supporters and candidates

I Can Vote Publication

A guide for people with a disability, their family carers, friends, advocates and support professionals. This is a dual read guide to support voting by those with an intellectual disability. It works best if the voter with a disability and supporter read it together. It includes more detailed information for the supporter to assist the voter with a disability to engage fully in the voting process.

Single pages: best for printing out on A4 

Double page spread: best for reading online or printing on A3

Plan to Vote document

A form for the voter to plan how they will get ready to vote, with help from a supporter.

Pathways to Voting

Pathways to Voting describes the different stages involved in political citizenship, successfully engaging with the voting process. This website supports the different stages within the sections of the site. The Meet the Politicians videos support the voter to learn about the political parties and candidates.

Electoral Inclusion

Electoral Inclusion is a discussion paper on the rights, barriers and global campaign strategies for voters with intellectual disability.

Victorian Electoral Commission disability resources and training

You can learn more about the VEC’s disability support resources by visiting its Access and Inclusion page:

You can also book a voter education session at the VEC website:

About the I Can Vote project (2018)

People with intellectual disability have the same right to vote as all other Australians. Disability law and service delivery regulations compel disability support organisations to support voters with disability, while the United Nations Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities points to a society that fully supports the development of accessible political education, election materials, election campaigns, and voting centres.

Inclusion Melbourne commenced its journey with electoral inclusion research in 2013, leading to a partnership with Melbourne Law School in 2015, a Victorian Government funded study tour of global sites of best practice in 2016, a VEC-funded research partnership with La Trobe University in 2017, and now an electoral inclusion campaign in preparation for the 2018 State Election.