Tuesday 14th June 2016 - 6:11 pm

Need to vote early?

by Alan Thornhill

Early voting for the upcoming federal election has begun.


Voters, who can’t make it to a polling place on election day, Saturday July 2,might be entitled to an early  vote instead.


But the Electoral Commissioner, Tom Rogers, said that neither personal  preference alone, or personal convenience is a valid reason for early voting, under the Commonwealth Electoral Act.


Mr Rogers added, though, that qualified people could vote early either by visiting an early voting centre, or applying for a postal vote.


To find your closest early voting centre visit www.aec.gov.au or call 13 23 26, he said.


He said voting is compulsory for all enrolled voters.

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