Australian voters are reminded that tomorrow, Saturday 2 July,is election day and it is compulsory for every enrolled Australian to vote.
“Voting in the 2016 federal election is compulsory for all enrolled Australians and polling places will open at 8am and close at 6pm sharp,” Electoral Commissioner Tom Rogers said.
“More than 70 000 polling officials will be on hand at around 7 000 polling places throughout Australia’s 150 electoral divisions, to facilitate the votes of around one million voters for each hour polls are open.”
If voters are unable to vote at their local polling place tomorrow but will still be in their home state or territory, they can cast an ‘absent vote’ at any polling place within their state or territory.
If voters are in another state or territory on election day, they can only cast their vote at an interstate voting centre or an AEC divisional office.
Mr Rogers again urged all voters to take care when filling out their ballot papers to ensure their vote is formal and can be counted.
“Instructions are provided at the top of each ballot paper as well as on signs located throughout each polling place. If you make a mistake, simply ask a polling official for a replacement ballot paper and start again.”
Who voters choose to vote for is their decision, and voters may or may not decide to follow the ‘how to vote’ cards that candidate representatives give them outside the polling place.
“Following the close of polling at 6pm, attention then turns to counting the millions of House of Representatives ballot papers – the first preference vote and then the two-candidate preferred result – followed by the first preference votes on the Senate ballot papers.