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EVERYTHING YOU NEED TO KNOW ABOUT SPECIAL VOTING FOR
2019 NATIONAL AND PROVINCIAL ELECTIONS

Special votes (in South Africa)


A special vote allows a registered voter who can't vote at their voting station on election day to apply to vote on a predetermined day before election day.

Special voting in South Africa in the 2019 National and Provincial Elections will take place on Monday 6 May 2019 and Tuesday 7 May 2019, as per the election timetable.

By law, special votes can only be cast on the dates specified in the election timetable and no exceptions can be made.

Do I qualify for a special vote?

You can apply if you:

  • Are a registered voter;
  • Have a valid South African identity document (green, barcoded ID book; smartcard ID, or a valid Temporary Identity Certificate).

To check that you're registered and to find out where you're registered, you can:

By law, you can apply for a special vote if you:

  • Can’t travel to your voting station because you are physically infirm, disabled or pregnant, or
  • can’t vote at your voting station on election day.

How to apply for a special vote at my voting station?

CLOSED

Applications for 2019 National and Provincial Elections closed on Thursday, 18 April 2019 (midnight - UTC+02:00). The cut-off date is mandated by law and no exceptions can be made.

Remember to vote at the voting station where you are registered and applied for the special vote, either on 6 or 7 May 2019.

Have you applied for special vote already?

How to apply for a special vote by home visit?

CLOSED

Applications for 2019 National and Provincial Elections closed on Thursday, 18 April 2019 (midnight - UTC+02:00). The cut-off date is mandated by law and no exceptions can be made.

Remember to vote at the voting station where you are registered and applied for the special vote, either on 6 or 7 May 2019.

Have you applied for special vote already?

What happens when I cast a special vote?

If your application for a special vote is successful, you will vote as follows:

  • Your thumbnail is marked with indelible ink.
  • You receive the relevant ballot paper(s).
  • You mark the ballot(s) in secret, place and seal the ballot(s) in an unmarked envelope.
  • The unmarked envelope is placed in another envelope that is marked with your name, ID number and voting district (VD) number. The use of two envelopes is to ensure the secrecy of your ballot (the outer envelope is discarded before counting).
  • IEC officials take the envelope and place it in a secure ballot box for special votes.
  • Your name is marked off the Voters' Roll with “SV” to indicate that you have cast a special vote.