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Senior’s Guide to Voting in SA General Election 2019

Posted By Marilynh / May 6, 2019 / 2 Comments

8 May 2019

– the date of the next SA national and provincial elections.
Check out your guide to the voting process.

 

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The 2019 South African national and provincial elections will be held on Wednesday, 8 May 2019. 

Here is a Senior’s Guide to voting,
compiled with the assistance of the Democratic Alliance. 

 

In a nutshell, this is how to vote: 

 

  • Find your correct voting station by clicking here or visiting the Electoral Commission’s website.  
  • On Election Day, all you will need to take with you to your voting station is your valid, green, bar-coded ID book; temporary ID; or smart ID card.
  • Present your ID to the door controller at the entrance of the voting station.
  • Check that you are on the voters’ roll.
  • Get your ballot papers – you will get up to two ballots (one provincial and one national ballot).
  • Get your identification document (ID) stamped.
  • Find an empty voting booth and make your ‘X’.
  • Cast your vote.
  • Exit the voting station.

 

For more detailed steps, please click here.

 

 

Frequently asked questions by SA seniors

 

Can I vote if I will be in another town or province on Election Day?

You need to vote at the voting station where you’re registered to vote. However, if you’re outside of your voting district on Election Day you may vote at another voting station in South Africa. If you’re outside the province where you registered, you’ll only be able to vote in the national election and not the provincial election, and you’ll be asked to complete a VEC 4 form at the voting station.

Please remember that you must be a registered voter in South Africa in order to vote. To confirm that your name is on the voters’ roll and to find out which voting station you’re registered at, please check your voter registration status online or SMS your ID number to 32810. To locate your voting station on a map, please see our online voting station finder.

 

Can I vote if I’m bedridden and unable to go to my voting station on Election Day?

If you’re confined to your bed and can’t get to your voting station on Election Day for the national and provincial elections, you must have already applied for a special vote (applications closed on 18 April).

Special voting will take place on Monday, 6 May, and Tuesday, 7 May, from 09h00 to 17h00. Special voting will take place by way of home visits (by the IEC) as well as voting at voting stations on both days.

When you applied for a special vote, you should have received an SMS or an email notifying you of the outcome once your application was processed, but you can also check the status of your special vote application online via this website.

 

Can I vote if I’m in hospital?

If you’re in hospital and can’t get to your voting station on Election Day for the national and provincial elections, you must have already applied for a special vote (applications closed on 18 April).

Special voting will take place on Monday, 6 May, and Tuesday, 7 May, from 09h00 to 17h00. Special voting will take place by way of home visits (by the IEC) as well as voting at voting stations on both days.

When you applied for a special vote, you should have received an SMS or an email notifying you of the outcome once your application was processed, but you can also check the status of your special vote application online via this website.

 

Can I vote if I’ve lost my registration sticker?

You will be allowed to vote as long as your name is on the voters’ roll. If your name isn’t on the voters’ roll and you don’t have your registration sticker, you have no proof that you’re registered and you won’t be able to vote. Please check your voter registration status, and check that your name is on the voters’ roll, by clicking here or visiting the Electoral Commission’s website.  

 

Can I vote if my new ID book has not arrived yet?

Yes, you can vote if you have a Temporary Identity Certificate (TIC) that is valid on Election Day. You can apply for a TIC at the Department of Home Affairs. Please remember, you will only be able to vote if you are a registered voter.

 

Can I vote on behalf of someone who is unable to get to their voting station?

No, every voter must vote in person at the voting station.

 

Can permanent residents vote in the elections?

No, only registered South African citizens with a valid, green, bar-coded ID book; temporary ID; or smart ID card can vote.

 

How does the IEC ensure security and non-intimidation at voting stations? 

There are police and/or army personnel at every voting station to ensure your safety.

 

I am blind. Can someone help me at the voting station? 

You can take anyone who is at least 18 years old and not a party agent with you to the voting station to help you cast your vote. You can also ask the presiding officer at the voting station to help you and/or provide you with a voting aid known as a universal ballot template (UBT). 

 

How do I know if I’m registered?

Please check your voter registration status, and check that your name is on the voters’ roll, by clicking here or visiting the Electoral Commission’s website.  

 

I registered for a previous election, do I have to register again?

No, you do not. Please check your voter registration status, and check that your name is on the voters’ roll, by clicking here or visiting the Electoral Commission’s website.  

 

Can I vote at my nearest voting station?

You need to vote at the voting station where you’re registered to vote. However, if you’re outside of your voting district on Election Day you may vote at another voting station in South Africa. If you’re outside the province where you registered, you’ll only be able to vote in the national election and not the provincial election, and you’ll be asked to complete a VEC 4 form at the voting station.

 

How do I know if my voting station has changed?

We try to communicate any changes to you, but please check your voter registration status by clicking here or visiting the Electoral Commission’s website before each election to confirm that your voting station hasn’t changed.

Please remember that you must be a registered voter in South Africa in order to vote. To confirm that your name is on the voters’ roll and to find out which voting station you’re registered at, please check your voter registration status online or SMS your ID number to 32810. To locate your voting station on a map, please see our online voting station finder.

 

When will voting stations open and close on Election Day (May 8)? 

Voting stations will open 07h00 and will close at 21h00. If you are in the line to vote by then, you must be allowed to vote.

 

What do I need to bring along with me in order to be able to vote?

On Election Day, all you will need to take with you to your voting station is your valid, green, bar-coded ID book; temporary ID; or smart ID card. You do NOT need proof of residence.

 

Is there assistance for people with disabilities? 

The Electoral Commission (IEC), together with the South African National Council for the Blind (SANCB), has developed a voting aid, the Universal Ballot Template (UBT), to assist persons with disabilities and special needs to have an independent and secret vote during elections.

The UBT can be used by:

  • Blind and partially-sighted people
  • Low-vision users
  • People who are dyslexic
  • The elderly
  • People with low literacy
  • People with motor and nervous conditions which do not allow for a steady hand

To find out more about the UBT, you can download the fact sheet here.

 

Unable to stand for long in a queue?

If you are unable to stand in a queue at the voting station, please indicate this to one of the IEC officials, who we trust will usher the elderly to the front of the queues at the polling stations.  Hopefully, the IEC will provide chairs in the queue for South African seniors. 

 

 

 

For further information, please see the following content:

https://www.elections.org.za/content/For-Voters/Voting-aid-for-voters-with-disabilities-and-special-needs/

https://www.elections.org.za/content/for-voters/FAQ-For-Voters/

 

 

Note from YEI: 

 

YEI did contact the IEC and three of the political parties.  We only received one response –  from the DA. 

Please note YEI respects all of our readers who support diverse political groups.    This article was drawn up purely as a guide for YEI’s senior readership and is not meant to imply that YEI advocates one political group over another.  YEI is politically neutral and takes an unbiased position when it comes to political matters.

 

 

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2 Comments

  • Dale Roberts
    May 7, 2019 at 11:45 am

    In addition, South Africans who are 60 years of age or older, are permitted to go to the front of the voting line. Ensure you make an IEC official aware of your age and you should be escorted to the front.

    • Marilynh
      May 7, 2019 at 12:20 pm

      Good point, Dale! Thank you for bringing that up.

      Kind regards, YEI

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