Rudd announcement causes huge election
A Federal Election has been called for September 7, 2013. Across Australia, voters will take to the polls to decide who they would like to lead the country for the next 3 years. Over the next 5 weeks political parties will be bombarding Australians in every way possible in the hope of winning their vote.
Voting is compulsory for every Australian citizen aged 18 and over so make sure you’re enrolled by the Monday August 12 cut off or risk receiving a nasty fine for failure to vote.
Not going to be home on election day? No problem!
If you’re enrolled to vote but already have travel plans or know you won’t be able to vote normally on September 7 then there are a number of options available to you to make sure that you can enjoy your holiday and exercise your democratic right to vote.
What do you do if you’re going to be out of town or traveling interstate on voting day?
If you’re not going to be in your enrolled division on September 7 then there are a few things you can do.
1. Vote in the weeks prior to the election in person at any AEC divisional office or early voting centre.
2. You can apply to postal vote. Applications are available online at the AEC website, at any AEC divisional office or post office. Ballots will be sent out to you when they become available. Postal votes will be accepted up to 2 days before the election date.
3. If you’re travelling within the same state or territory but won’t be in your electorate you can vote as normal at any polling centre on election day. This is called an absent vote. Check in advance where your nearest polling booth will be to avoid having to search for one on the day.
4. If you’re going to be interstate you can also vote at the nearest polling centre to where you will be staying.
What do you do if you’re going to be traveling overseas on voting day?
If you’re an enrolled voter but will not be in Australia on September 7 then there are several options available to you:
1. You can still vote in person by going to any overseas voting centre in the weeks leading up to the election. These are usually located at Australian Embassies, Consulates or High Commissions. Check in advance where and when your nearest overseas voting centre will be open.
2. Vote prior to departing Australia. This can be by either applying to vote by post or by voting in person at any AEC divisional office or early voting centre. The AEC will often set up early voting centres at some Australian Airports for added convenience in the weeks before the election.
3. If you forget to vote before you go overseas or find you cannot make it to an overseas voting centre at any time there is an ‘Overseas Notification Form’ available on the AEC website to fill out to avoid any penalties associated with failure to vote.
For more information, updates and to view relevant application forms head to the Australian Electoral Commission Website at aec.gov.au
Whether you’ll be at home glued to the election coverage or relaxing with a few beverages on some faraway beach on September 7, the Skedaddle team hope you have a great day!