Forthcoming Australian Federal Election
If you are going to be overseas on Election day, Saturday 2 July 2016 you can still have your say in the Australian federal election.
It is now too late to enrol to vote for this election.
If you are not sure if you are enrolled to vote, check now at www.aec.gov.au/check
You might be able to vote before election day in Australia before you travel overseas. Locations and times will be available on the Australian Electoral Commission (AEC) website from 12 June 2016: www.aec.gov.au
Otherwise, you will be able to vote one of two ways:
- by applying online for a postal vote; or
- by attending an Australian diplomatic mission overseas to cast an early vote.
Lodging a postal vote does not require you to attend an Australian diplomatic mission overseas. This means you can avoid any queues and delays that may result from the strict security arrangements that are in place at most Australian missions. Online applications for a postal vote are available on the AEC website at www.aec.gov.au. Apply now so there is enough time for your ballot papers to be sent to you. Your application for a postal vote must be received by the AEC by 29 June.
Early (in-person) voting will be offered at the Australian High Commission, New Delhi, the Australian Consulate-General in Mumbai and the Australian Consulate-General in Chennai from Monday 20 June 2016. In-person voting will be available at the Australian High Commission, New Delhi from 9am to 12pm and 2pm to 4pm, Monday to Friday. At the Australian Consulate-General in Mumbai and Chennai in-person voting will be available from 9am to 5pm.
It will also be available from 8:30am – 3:30pm at all missions on the day of the election i.e. 2 July 2016. In order to be granted access to the High Commission, you will need to bring your current Australian passport as identification. There are no exceptions to this policy.
The contact details of Australian missions in India can be found here: http://www.india.highcommission.gov.au/ndli/aboutus.html.
You will need to know which Australian address you are currently enrolled at in order to be issued with the correct ballot papers for your electorate. Some diplomatic missions will have computer terminals available for voters wishing to check their enrolment details via the AEC website prior to voting. Not all missions will have this facility, so voters are advised to check with the mission before they arrive. Alternatively, you can check now at www.aec.gov.au/check
Voting by Australians who are overseas at the time of the federal election is not compulsory. Australians who are not in Australia on election day will not be fined if they do not vote. If you do not vote, however, you should notify the AEC that you are overseas by completing the overseas notification form available on the AEC web site.
Further information on the federal election is available on the AEC website.
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