Re­minder on voter dead­line

Pilbara News - - Pilbara News - Rourke Walsh

Aus­tralian vot­ers have just days to en­sure they are on the elec­toral role with their de­tails up to date, with the dead­line for fi­nal en­rol­ments and changes fast ap­proach­ing.

Elec­toral Com­mis­sioner Tom Rogers said all Aus­tralian cit­i­zens aged 18 and over were re­quired by law to en­rol and vote in the July 2 Fed­eral Elec­tion, with rolls clos­ing 8pm on Mon­day.

Mr Rogers said all Aus­tralians who had pre­vi­ously voted, es­pe­cially those who had moved in the past three years, should check their de­tails were up-to-date on the elec­toral roll.

He said 17-year-olds who turn 18 on or be­fore July 2 could also en­rol and vote this elec­tion.

“If you are not en­rolled, you can’t vote in the 2016 Fed­eral Elec­tion. You can en­rol con­ve­niently online on your com­puter, tablet or smart­phone,” Mr Rogers said. “If you’re not sure that you are cor­rectly en­rolled to vote, you can check online or, if you need help, call us on 13 23 26.

“If you’re on the roll but moved since the last elec­tion, or changed your name, you need to up­date your en­rol­ment de­tails online.”

Vot­ers who are on the elec­toral role but fail to cast a vote on Elec­tion Day, via pre-polling or a postal vote will be sent a let­ter by the Aus­tralian Elec­toral Com­mis­sion re­quest­ing that they pro­vide a valid and suf­fi­cient rea­son for fail­ing to vote or pay a $20 penalty.

Se­nate vot­ing will also be dif­fer­ent this elec­tion af­ter the Fed­eral Gov­ern­ment passed leg­is­la­tion which will make it harder for mi­cro par­ties to win seats.

Rather than plac­ing a “1” above the line on Se­nate bal­lot pa­pers or num­ber­ing ev­ery box be­low the line, the changes will see vot­ers num­ber at least six boxes above the line or at least 12 boxes be­low the line for in­di­vid­ual can­di­dates of their choice.

In­struc­tions on how to vote will be dis­played on bal­lot pa­pers.

Pic­ture: Rourke Walsh

Vot­ers have just days to fi­nalise their en­rol­ment.

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