Batman by-election - provisional new citizens

Updated: 7 February 2018

The electoral roll for the Batman by-election is now closed. Only voters on the electoral roll in Batman as at 8pm AEDT Wednesday 14 February 2018 are required to vote in this election.

If you submitted a valid provisional enrolment form prior to the close of rolls, 8pm AEDT Wednesday 14 February 2018, and reside in the division of Batman, you are eligible to vote in the by-election.

If I am eligible, how do I vote?

Special arrangements are in place for people who will become Australian citizens after the announcement of the Batman by-election that allows them to become provisional electors.

Because your citizenship had not been confirmed at the time the Batman by-election was announced, your name will not be on the electoral roll at the polling place. Instead, when you visit a polling place (LINK) on election day, you will be issued a provisional vote – this involves completing a declaration vote envelope and lodging your ballot papers in that envelope.

Your vote will not be counted until you show evidence of your Australian citizenship to the AEC. You can do this at the polling place by showing your citizenship certificate to a polling official.

If you don't show evidence of your citizenship at the polling place, you must do so by the first Friday following election day – Friday 23 March 2018 at any AEC office.

If you do not provide your citizenship certificate by this day, your vote will not be counted and your provisional enrolment will be cancelled. You will then need to complete an ordinary enrolment application so your name is included on future electoral rolls.

Remember, once you become an Australian citizen it is compulsory to enrol and vote. Every time you move, you will need to fill out a new enrolment application.