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News Media Releases Important voting information for regional workers
Important voting information for regional workers
Friday, 09 July 2010 11:12

Once the election is called, voters could have as little as a few hours to ensure  that their enrolments are correct.

 “It’s important to note that any time you change address, you need to update your enrolment details.”

And it’s a simple process. Visit the AEC Web site at www.aec.gov.au/enrol and follow the three easy steps.

“If people aren’t sure whether they are enrolled to vote, they can simply complete an enrolment form on-line and send the completed, signed form to any one of our offices,” says Mr Kramer.

Enrolment forms can also be accessed from any Australia Post outlet, Medicare or Centrelink office and any AEC Divisional Office.

The AEC is making a range of options available to ensure all Fly In Fly Out (FIFO) workers have the opportunity to vote if they cannot attend a polling place on polling day.

“We’re aware of the issues faced by FIFO workers,” says Mr Kramer. “And there are options available to ensure it’s easy for them to have their say on election day, including an early vote in person at one of the AEC’s early voting centres, or by applying for a postal vote.”

The AEC will advertise the locations of all early voting centres on-line at www.aec.gov.au once the election is announced and information can also be obtained by calling 13 23 26.

“Once the election is announced, voters will also be able to download a postal voting application from our website or collect one in person from an Australia Post outlet or AEC office,” he says.

The postal vote application is completed and returned to the AEC, which will forward postal ballot material once the draw for candidates has been completed.

“With the majority of FIFO workers being on-site for extended periods, voters should determine the best address to receive the ballot material. If they’re not sure that the ballot material may get to them in time, it would be better to complete an early vote in person at one of the AEC’s early voting centres” says Mr Kramer.

Early voting centres will include facilities at both domestic terminals and the international terminal at Perth airport, commencing two weeks before polling day. The centres will operate to capture FIFO workers departing before 7.00am and on afternoon flights. It is anticipated that the centres will commence at approximately 4.30am and close at 7.00pm.

The AEC will establish  additional early voting centres at or adjacent to some charter operators.

Other matters of interest to FIFO workers:

Formality – It’s important to vote correctly to make your vote count. You can practice how to vote at www.aec.gov.au. When completing your ballot papers on election day, please read the instructions on the ballot paper about how to vote correctly. On election day you will receive two ballot papers, a green one for the House of Representatives and a white one for the Senate.

Communication – The AEC is investigating a range of communication options within the mining sector. publicising voting options through site contract services such as catering companies and airline charter operators, and will also be approaching key stakeholders such as mining companies for inclusion on their websites. You can also be notified that an election has been called by subscribing to an AEC email list, which can be accessed at www.aec.gov.au

First time enrolments – One of the basic things that most people turning 18 forget is to check and make sure that they’re on the electoral roll. With an election looming, now is the best time to get on the roll so that they can have their say in who is making decisions on their behalf.

 
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