Elec­tion poll work­ers needed

Yarrawonga Chronicle - - News -

The Aus­tralian Elec­toral Com­mis­sion (AEC) is ask­ing peo­ple in Yar­ra­wonga to sign up to help de­liver the next fed­eral elec­tion in the Mur­ray elec­torate.

Mur­ray cov­ers an area of 19,500km2 and con­tains 85 polling places that will be staffed by more than 500 paid tem­po­rary elec­toral work­ers on elec­tion day.

In to­tal, 80,000 tem­po­rary work­ers will be needed across Aus­tralia dur­ing the next elec­tion and the AEC has iden­ti­fied Yar­ra­wonga as one of the key ar­eas to bol­ster ahead of the elec­tion pe­riod.

While the date for the next elec­tion is not yet known, the AEC is ask­ing peo­ple to regis­ter their in­ter­est now to en­sure there is a healthy pool to choose from when the time comes.

Hold­ing elections in Aus­tralia is a par­tic­u­lar chal­lenge due to the sheer size of the coun­try and the spar­sity of the pop­u­la­tion in ru­ral ar­eas.

To put this in con­text, Aus­tralia is more than twice the size of In­dia but has less than 2 per cent of its pop­u­la­tion.

Aus­tralia is al­most unique in this re­gard, with only two coun­tries hav­ing a lower pop­u­la­tion den­sity.

AEC Com­mis­sioner Tom Rogers said: “The fed­eral elec­tion is Aus­tralia’s largest peace­time event.

“With more than 8000 polling places spread through­out Aus­tralia, the AEC has to em­ploy around 80,000 tem­po­rary staff from across the coun­try to staff each polling place.

“While cities and sub­urbs have the ben­e­fit of a large pop­u­la­tion in their im­me­di­ate vicin­ity, many ru­ral and re­gional polling places have a very small lo­cal pop­u­la­tion base from which to re­cruit.

“As such, it is cru­cial we en­sure the nec­es­sary prepa­ra­tions are un­der­way well ahead of the elec­tion pe­riod so that ev­ery Aus­tralian has the op­por­tu­nity to have their say.

“There will be an elec­tion at some point within the next 12 months and we’re call­ing on peo­ple to regis­ter their in­ter­est for elec­tion work now so they can help their lo­cal com­mu­nity in the Mur­ray elec­torate as part of this unique event.

“There are 525 po­si­tions in Mur­ray across 85 polling places that we need to fill to en­sure the elec­tion runs smoothly.

“Elec­tion work is a thor­oughly re­ward­ing ex­pe­ri­ence and a great op­por­tu­nity to con­trib­ute to the lo­cal area.”

All tem­po­rary elec­tion roles are paid and full train­ing is pro­vided.

Those wish­ing to regis­ter their in­ter­est in work­ing at the next elec­tion, or want­ing to find out more in­for­ma­tion, should head to www.aec. gov.au.

The Aus­tralian Elec­toral Com­mis­sion is call­ing for Yar­ra­wonga res­i­dents to sign up to staff the polling booths for the Fed­eral elec­tion.

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