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Federal election | Your guide on how to vote

With the federal election fast approaching, we’ve compiled a handy guide to make sure your vote counts.

Polling booths will be open from 8am – 6pm (AEST) this Saturday, May 18.

To find out where your nearest polling place is located CLICK HERE or call 13 23 26.

What if I can’t vote on the day?

If you can’t make it to a polling place on the day of the election, you may be eligible to vote early.

You can vote early in person by going to a pre-polling booth. Find one near you by clicking HERE.

You may also be eligible to apply for a postal vote, but you’ll have to get in quick as applications close on Wednesday at 6pm. CLICK HERE to apply.

Can I vote in another electorate on the day?

If you can’t make it to a polling place in your electorate on the day, you can vote in any other polling venue in your state.

If you will be outside your state on the day, there are some interstate voting centres which you can find HERE.

How do I vote on the day?

When you go to vote you’ll be given two ballot papers that you must complete:

  • A green ballot paper for the House of Representatives (lower house)
  • A white ballot paper for the Senate (upper house)

Voting for the House of Representatives

When you vote for the House of Representatives, you are voting for candidates in your local area or electorate.

You must number every box on the paper in the order of your choice.

Voting for the Senate

When you vote for the Senate you are voting for candidates in your state/territory.

You can either vote above or below the line.

Voting above the line means you are voting for the parties or groups of your choice, but voting below the line means you can vote for individual candidates.

If you choose to vote above the line, you must number at least six boxes. If you choose to vote below the line, you must number at least 12 boxes.

What if I make a mistake on my ballot paper?

If you make a mistake you must hand it in, ask for another ballot paper and start again.

Are there voting options for people with a disability?

Yes, you can check the accessibility rating of polling places HERE.

For voting options for people who are blind or have low vision call 13 23 26.

Can I vote online?

Online voting is not available for the federal election.

The Australian Electoral Commission’s Phil Diak says it’s a matter of legislation.

“You can’t electronically vote in federal elections because it requires a change in electoral law, and there’s none of that in the current Commonwealth Electoral Act.

“Parliament has looked at it, but it hasn’t gone through at this stage.”

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