Reminder on voter deadline
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.
Voters have just days to finalise their enrolment.