Now that the date of the federal election has been announced by the Prime Minister for Saturday 14 September, all eligible Australians should take the opportunity now to make sure they are enrolled to vote, the Australian Electoral Commission (AEC) said today.
Electoral Commissioner Ed Killesteyn said all Australian citizens aged 18 years and over are required by law to enrol and vote in the federal election.
Seventeen year olds who turn eighteen before or on 14 September will also be able to vote and should enrol now.
Mr Killesteyn urged all Australians to check that their address details were up-to-date on the electoral roll by going to the AEC website or calling 13 23 26.
"Every time you move, you need to update your address on the electoral roll. You can do this on-the-spot by going online.
"If you haven't kept your enrolment details up-to-date over time, you may have been removed from the electoral roll so it's very important to check.
"With around 1.5m people missing from the roll, checking may reveal that some people who think they are on the roll, are mistaken.
"If you're unsure, check your enrolment details online or by calling the AEC on 13 23 26.
"To enrol, complete an online enrolment form, print and sign it and then return it to the AEC."
Or pick up an enrolment form at any AEC office, Australia Post, Centrelink or Medicare outlet.
Phil Diak | Director Media
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