Australians overseas urged to vote early

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FROM New York to New Delhi, Australians overseas urged to vote early. Australians who are enrolled for the 2019 Federal Election and will be overseas on Saturday 18 May will be able to pre-poll at any one of 85 overseas voting centres.

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“Centres are commencing voting services progressively from 6 May, and they will be located at participating Australian diplomatic missions and other offices around the world,” the Electoral Commissioner, Mr Tom Rogers, said.

“Please carefully check opening times at the website address below
Overseas voting centres, dates and times at participating Australian diplomatic Missions: https://www.aec.gov.au/election/overseas.htm

General information: https://www.aec.gov.au/Voting/Ways_to_vote/overseas.htm

“By international standards, Australia’s Federal Electoral system is one of the most open and accessible in operation today,” Mr Rogers, said.

“Whether you’re residing, working or holidaying overseas at the moment, make sure your vote counts in the 2019 election.”

Further information: Voters who are about to travel overseas should consider a pre-poll vote at an early-voting centre in Australia.

Check all overseas voting centre dates and opening hours carefully. Many might not be open on election day, 18 May 2019, due to time-zone differences.

Electors overseas needing a postal vote have been able to apply via the AEC website since 11 April 2019. If no action has been taken to apply until now, delivery of ballot papers in time is not guaranteed. So to have any chance, please apply immediately. While the AEC uses priority mail to deliver ballot papers, it is not responsible for the speed of mail-delivery services in foreign countries.

The AEC strongly encourages all enrolled voters overseas to vote, but recognises that under some circumstances this is impossible. Accordingly, under the Commonwealth Electoral Act 1918, voting is voluntary for electors overseas on Election day, 18 May 2019.

At the 2016 Federal Election, 71,406 overseas votes were cast and Australia’s largest overseas voting centre was at Australia House in London (15,663 cast).

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