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Applications for special votes open

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The home visits votes are only available to voters who are unable to reach a voting station

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APPLICATIONS by voters to cast special votes in South Africa’s upcoming national and provincial elections opened yesterday and closes on April 18 2019.

There are two categories of special votes cast in South Africa: special votes cast during home visits and special votes cast at a voting station.

The home visits votes are only available to voters who are unable to reach a voting station (a voter may apply to be visited at an address outside of his/her voting district where registered) due to physical infirmity, disability or pregnancy. These will be conducted between 9am and 5pm on Monday, May 6 and Tuesday, May 7 (if necessary).

Applications for special votes in a home visit can be made by submitting an application online at https://www.elections.org.za/IECOnline/Special-Vote-Session; or by submitting a completed VEC 1 form at the local office of the IEC in an area a voter intends to be visited.

Forms can only be hand-delivered (no e-mails or faxes accepted). These forms can be delivered by a third party on behalf of the voter.

VEC 1 forms are available for download at https://www.elections.org.za/IECOnline/About-Special-Vote.

Applications for special votes cast at a voter’s voting station can be made: by SMSing your ID number to 32249 (R1.00 per SMS); by submitting an application online at https://www.elections.org.za/IECOnline/Special-Vote-Session or by submitting a completed VEC 1 form at your local IEC office.

Forms can also only be hand-delivered (no e-mails or faxes accepted).

All applicants for both types of special votes will receive an SMS notifying them of the outcome of their application once it has been processed. Voters can also check the status of their special vote application online at https://www.elections.org.za/IECOnline/Check-My-Special-Vote-Application-Status.