2018 Batman by-election

Updated: 17 March 2018

Saturday 17 March 2018

Who you vote for is your decision. Outside the polling place, candidate representatives may give you how-to-vote cards, suggesting you vote in a particular way. You do not have to follow how-to-vote cards.

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Key dates (all times in AEDT)
Issue of writ Wednesday 07 February 2018
Close of rolls 8pm AEDT Wednesday 14 February 2018
Close of nominations 12 Midday AEDT Thursday 22 February 2018
Declaration of nominations 12 Midday AEDT Friday 23 February 2018
Start of early voting Tuesday 27 February 2018
By-election day Saturday 17 March 2018
Return of writs on or before Friday 18 May 2018
  1. In the polling place a polling official will ask you for your full name and address, and if you have voted before in this by-election. They will mark your name off the electoral roll.
  2. You will be given a green ballot paper for the Division of Batman in the House of Representatives. You should read the instructions on the ballot paper carefully.
  3. Complete your ballot paper. You must number every box to make your vote count.
  4. Once you have completed your ballot paper, fold it and place it in the ballot box provided.

Information is available in other languages for people from non-English speaking backgrounds.

Voting is compulsory for Australian citizens aged 18 years and over. If you don’t vote, you may be prosecuted. If you vote more than once it is a criminal offence.