Advance voting kicks off this week
Voting in the 2017 General Election kicked off in earnest on Monday September 11 when advance voting places opened, and will go through until election day on Saturday September 23.
The first EasyVote packs will start arriving in voters’ letterboxes, with 3.16 million to be delivered over the next week.
EasyVote packs are being sent to all voters who were enrolled before August 23 and include a personalised EasyVote card which makes voting quicker.
There are 485 advance voting places around the country, up from 295 in 2014.
Opening hours vary between voting places to suit local needs.
‘‘There has been a big increase in advance voting over the past two elections, so this election, we are providing even more voting places in convenient locations where people can cast an early vote,’’ says Alicia Wright, Chief Electoral Officer.
‘‘People will also be able to enrol, check or update their enrolment details at any advance voting place – so they’ll be able to enrol and vote at the same time.’’
Advance voting places are located where people live, work, study and shop.