Voting Options in Australia Federal Elections 2019

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Voting Ways, Ordinary Voting, Absentee Voting, Early Voting, Interstate Voting on Election Day, Overseas Voting, Mobile Polling, Provisional Voting

The AEC- Australia Electoral Commission is responsible for conducting Elections in Australia. Apart from organizing the Elections in Australia the AEC enables the eligible Australian Citizens to enrol to vote, maintains the Australian Electoral roll. The AEC is offering different voting options for the Australian voters at the time of elections. Depending on the voters situation the Australian voter can opt the voting options provided by the AEC. There are seven voting options to vote in the elections of Australia they are

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Ways to Vote in Australia Elections:

  • Ordinary Voting
  • Absentee Voting
  • Early Voting
  • Interstate Voting on Election Day
  • Overseas Voting
  • Mobile Voting
  • Provisional Voting
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Ordinary Voting:

The ordinary vote or ordinary voting is the voting option which most of the Australians use. Ordinary voting is nothing but, on the Election Day the voter visits the polling place or a polling center and cast his/her vote within the Voter Division where he/she was enrolled to vote.

How to Vote at Polling Place as an Ordinary Voter on Election Day Australia?

As we know the polling day or Election Day will be always on Saturday. The Polling place opens at 8:00 AM and closes at 6:00 PM on the polling day.

  • Visit the polling place in between 8:00 AM to 6:00 PM on polling day.
  • After entering to the polling place you will be directed to the ballot paper issuing official.
  • Before issuing the ballot paper the official will ask you some questions to confirm your details.
  • Mostly the questions will be related to your name, residential address etc because the official confirms your name in the electoral roll.
  • If your answers are correct then you will be issued 2 ballot papers.
  • One ballot paper is for electing House of Representatives and the second ballot paper is for Senate elections.
  • Take the Ballot papers and proceed to the polling booth (polling booth is a private space where you can make your decision).
  • Cast your vote on House of Representatives ballot paper and on Senate ballot paper.
  • Fold the House of Representatives ballot paper and drop the folded ballot paper in the House of Representatives ballot box. Now fold the Senate ballot paper and drop the ballot paper in the Senate ballot box.
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Absent Vote/ Absentee Voting:

Absent Voting or absent vote is the vote which is cast by the voter on the Election Day or Polling day at the polling place where he/she is not enrolled to vote, but the polling place must be within the same State or Territory where the voter is enrolled to vote.

How to Vote as an Absent Vote in Australia?

  • Visit the polling place in between 8:00 AM to 6:00 PM on polling day.
  • After entering to the polling place you will be directed to the ballot paper issuing official.
  • Before issuing the ballot paper the official will ask you some questions to confirm your details.
  • Mostly the questions will be related to your name, residential address etc because the official confirms your name in the electoral roll.
  • If your answers are correct then you will be issued 2 ballot papers.
  • One ballot paper is for electing House of Representatives and the second ballot paper is for Senate elections.
  • Take the Ballot papers and proceed to the polling booth (polling booth is a private space where you can make your decision).
  • Cast your vote on House of Representatives ballot paper and on Senate ballot paper.
  • Fold the House of Representatives ballot paper and drop the folded ballot paper in the House of Representatives ballot box. Now fold the Senate ballot paper and drop the ballot paper in the Senate ballot box.
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Early Voting:

Early vote or early voting is a voting option provided by the AEC if you are not able to vote on the Election Day due to travelling or away from the electorate where you were enrolled to vote or away from the polling place it should be a minimum of 8 km distance or if you are ill, or if you are hospitalized etc. You can choose this early voting option in two ways one is you can cast vote in person or you can cast vote by post. Before the Election Day the AEC will arrange some early voting centers, where you can go and cast your vote.

How to Vote as an Early Voter at early voting Centers in Australia?

  • Visit the Early Voting Center in between 8:00 AM to 6:00 PM on polling day.
  • After entering to the polling place you will be directed to the ballot paper issuing official.
  • Before issuing the ballot paper the official will ask you some questions to confirm your details.
  • Mostly the questions will be related to your name, residential address etc because the official confirms your name in the electoral roll.
  • If your answers are correct then you will be issued 2 ballot papers.
  • One ballot paper is for electing House of Representatives and the second ballot paper is for Senate elections.
  • Take the Ballot papers and proceed to the polling booth (polling booth is a private space where you can make your decision).
  • Cast your vote on House of Representatives ballot paper and on Senate ballot paper.
  • Fold the House of Representatives ballot paper and drop the folded ballot paper in the House of Representatives ballot box. Now fold the Senate ballot paper and drop the ballot paper in the Senate ballot box.
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Interstate Voting on Election Day:

This option is for the ones who are staying away from the home state or home territory but should be within the Australia. The AEC will provide Interstate Voting Centers on the Election Day, the Australian Voters staying from the home State can visit the Interstate voting center to cast their vote.

How to Vote as an Interstate Voter at interstate voting Centers in Australia?

  • Visit the Interstate Voting Center in between 8:00 AM to 6:00 PM on polling day.
  • After entering to the polling place you will be directed to the ballot paper issuing official.
  • Before issuing the ballot paper the official will ask you some questions to confirm your details.
  • Mostly the questions will be related to your name, residential address etc because the official confirms your name in the electoral roll.
  • If your answers are correct then you will be issued 2 ballot papers.
  • One ballot paper is for electing House of Representatives and the second ballot paper is for Senate elections.
  • Take the Ballot papers and proceed to the polling booth (polling booth is a private space where you can make your decision).
  • Cast your vote on House of Representatives ballot paper and on Senate ballot paper.
  • Fold the House of Representatives ballot paper and drop the folded ballot paper in the House of Representatives ballot box. Now fold the Senate ballot paper and drop the ballot paper in the Senate ballot box.
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Overseas voting:

The Overseas voting option is for the Australians who are staying overseas. The Australia Citizens staying abroad can cast their vote in Federal Elections in two ways. The first one is they can cast their vote by visiting the Australian Embassy or Consulate or Australian Mission in person and the second way is they can cast their vote by post.

How to Vote as an Overseas Voter at Australian Embassies or Australian Missions?

  • Visit the Australian Embassy or Australian Mission in between 8:00 AM to 6:00 PM on polling day.
  • After entering to the polling place you will be directed to the ballot paper issuing official.
  • Before issuing the ballot paper the official will ask you some questions to confirm your details.
  • Mostly the questions will be related to your name, residential address etc because the official confirms your name in the electoral roll.
  • If your answers are correct then you will be issued 2 ballot papers.
  • One ballot paper is for electing House of Representatives and the second ballot paper is for Senate elections.
  • Take the Ballot papers and proceed to the polling booth (polling booth is a private space where you can make your decision).
  • Cast your vote on House of Representatives ballot paper and on Senate ballot paper.
  • Fold the House of Representatives ballot paper and drop the folded ballot paper in the House of Representatives ballot box. Now fold the Senate ballot paper and drop the ballot paper in the Senate ballot box.
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Mobile Polling:

The AEC is providing some mobile polling teams before the elections and on the Election Day. The Mobile polling option can be used by the Australian Voters who cannot make it to the Polling Place. These Mobile polling teams will start before the elections and continue till the Election Day. The Mobile Polling facilities mostly will be in hospitals, remote areas, and prisons.

Provisional Voting/ Provisional Vote:

Provisional Voting/ Provisional Vote is vote which is cast by the Australian voter when voter’s name is not present in the Australian Electoral roll but this provisional vote will be considered after checking the enrollment records.

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