Federal Election 21 August 2010
Reminder To Postal Voters To Return Their Votes For The 2010 Federal Election
Australian Electoral Commissioner Ed Killesteyn
Victor P Taffa
The Australian Electoral Commission (AEC) is urging eligible voters who are postal voting in the 2010 federal election to return their completed ballot papers promptly.
Electoral Commissioner, Ed Killesteyn reminded people voting by post that their completed ballot papers must be in the mail to the AEC, or hand-delivered to an AEC office, before election day, Saturday 21 August.
“If anyone has any questions after receiving their postal voting material, they can call the AEC on 13 23 26 from 8 am to 8 pm, 7 days a week.” Mr. Killesteyn said.
Mr. Killesteyn said that people who need to vote early, should first check if they are near any of the over 500 early voting (pre-poll) centres across Australia, as this is quicker and generally more convenient than applying and waiting for a postal vote.
Locations And Operating Hours Of Early Voting Centres
“If voting by post is your only option, download postal vote application forms, pick up from any Australia Post outlet or AEC Office, or call 13 23 26.” Mr. Killesteyn said.
“Make sure you carefully complete the postal vote application and send it back to the AEC immediately.”
The AEC will receive applications for postal votes up until 6 pm Thursday 19 August but it is unwise to leave it so late, as sufficient time is required for the AEC to process an application and for the voter to return their vote.
Mr. Killesteyn warned voters not to run the risk of their postal vote not being back in the mail in time and not counting.
Mr. Killesteyn said that even if a voter had applied for a postal vote, they could still consider voting at an early voting centre or on Election Day if their circumstances change.
“If you are able to vote at an early voting centre or on Election Day and applied for a postal vote, either return the unused postal voting materials to the AEC or destroy them.”
Voters are eligible for an early vote for a range of reasons, including that if on Election Day they will be outside their electorate; more than 8 km from a polling place; approaching childbirth; seriously ill or caring for someone who is; or unable to attend a polling place due to religious beliefs, fear for personal safety, disability or work commitments.