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How to find an early voting centre

Early voting centres are now open for the Federal Election this Saturday. You can vote early either in person or by post if on election day if you:

  • are outside the electorate where you are enrolled to vote
  • are more than 8km from a polling place
  • are travelling
  • are unable to leave your workplace to vote
  • are seriously ill, infirm or due to give birth shortly (or caring for someone who is)
  • are a patient in hospital and can't vote at the hospital
  • have religious beliefs that prevent you from attending a polling place
  • are in prison serving a sentence of less than three years or otherwise detained
  • are a silent elector
  • have a reasonable fear for your safety.

 

You can find your nearest voting centre by following the prompts here https://www.aec.gov.au/election/voting.htm#voting

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I found mine, I voted. Not impressed with any of them.

I chose to be a Postal Voter this time. I don't know why Elector details are on the front of the envelope. Private information such as "What was the last school you attended"? should be private, but it's on the outside for all and sundry to see, also your signature and the authorised witness's signature. I chose to take my envelope to the electrol office. 

Thanks for the link Drew

A very intersting website .. you can get all the candidates for your area and also get taught how to vote.

What gets me as to why we have to stand in a queue somewhere or fill out heaps of paper and not be able to do it over the internet... what a waste of paper.

When NSW had their election recently I used iView and voted in comfort from my home.

 

Yes, why stand in a queue on election day when you can pre-poll at chosen sites. This photo at the early voting centre in Melbourne's CBD suggests that dodging a queue is not a good reason to pre-poll.

 

We might have to wait longer for a result this year.

As the number of pre-poll votes cast this year surged past the 2016 record of 2.98 million on Wednesday, Australian Electoral Commissioner Tom Rogers said "there may well be some delays" in announcing results on Saturday due to the additional complexity of counting such ballots.

https://www.smh.com.au/federal-election-2019/electoral-commission-warns-record-number-of-early-votes-could-delay-results-20190515-p51nqj.html

Interesting why people choose to pre-poll. There has been no real explanation given but there are those who suggest that voters have already made their mind up and just want to get it over with. Postal votes are said to favour conservatives in the main but, to date, no research has been done on the pre-polling voters.

Wondered about the numbers.

Certified List for 2019 Federal Election

• 16,424,248 Australians are enrolled to vote

• 16,960,337 Australians are eligible to be enrolled (96.8% have)

https://www.aec.gov.au/Enrolling_to_vote/Enrolment_stats/index.htm

By Tuesday night Australians had cast slightly more than 3 million pre-poll votes ... by Saturday say 3.2 million roughly, so ...

• Approximately 19.5% will be pre-poll votes.

Seems a lot to me. Is it a matter of convenience, or as Old Man points out, voters who just want to get it over with?

For me I always do  my voting by pots. Physically more convenient for me. There are many reasons why people vote early. There are shift workers such as nurses or police who maybe working and cannot vote on the day.People going away. Parents who have children who attend sports events.  People do not want to  wait in long queues to vote let alone the car parking.I had already made my mind up before the election. Junk advertising does not influence me at all.

Gee KB, is that a typo or do you get high and vote before you come down? Sorry, I couldn't help myself, humble apologies.

For me I always do  my voting by pots. Physically more convenient for me. There are many reasons why people vote early. There are shift workers such as nurses or police who maybe working and cannot vote on the day.People going away. Parents who have children who attend sports events.  People do not want to  wait in long queues to vote let alone the car parking.I had already made my mind up before the election. Junk advertising does not influence me at all.

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