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Enrol to Vote Week. Enrol to Vote Week (ETVW) is running in Australian Secondary Schools from 17-23 May 2010. The theme this year is ‘you never know when an election might be called’. This year the AEC is aiming to get 21,000 students aged 17 and 18 years old enrolled to vote.

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Enrol to Vote Week

  • Enrol to Vote Week (ETVW) is running in Australian Secondary Schools from 17-23 May 2010.

  • The theme this year is ‘you never know when an election might be called’.

  • This year the AEC is aiming to get 21,000 students aged 17 and 18 years old enrolled to vote.


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Enrolment eligibility

  • You are eligible to enrol to vote if you:

  • are 17 years of age or older,

  • have lived at your current address for at least onemonth, and

  • are an Australian citizen.


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Enrolment eligibility

  • Once enrolled, you are eligible to vote in:

  • federal,

  • state/ territory, and

  • most local government elections.


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Completing your enrolment form

  • To fill out an enrolment form you will need to make sure you:

  • use a black or blue ink pen,

  • use block letters, and

  • read each question and its instructions .


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Why vote?

  • Voting provides an opportunity for electors to actively participate in the democratic process of making a choice between the policies of the various parties/groups or independent candidates.

  • In Australia’s history there have been some extremely close contests between candidates. After an election is held, every vote is meticulously counted and the result in close contests can take days to determine, and in some cases can come down to a very small number of votes.


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When & where do I vote?

  • The date of a federal election is determined by the government of the day; however election day is always a Saturday.

  • Voting takes place between 8am and 6pm at polling places around the country.

  • The location of polling places is available on the AEC website – www.aec.gov.au

  • If you are going to be away on election day, check the AEC website www.aec.gov.au or call 13 23 26 to find out how you can vote.


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How to vote

  • House of Representatives – Green ballot paper

  • You need to number every box in order of your preference.

  • Senate – White ballot paper

  • You can choose one of two ways to vote. You can put a number ‘1’ in a box above the black line for the party or group of your choice, or you can fill in every box below the black line in order of your preference.


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Did you know?

An election could be called at any time.

So keep your enrolment up to date so you don’t miss out on your vote.

Since the 2007 federal election there has been at least one election in every state and territory – over 82 in total.

18 year olds are under represented on the electoral roll compared with other Australian electors.

Your vote can make a difference!


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Contact us

  • For more information about Enrol to Vote Week:

  • visit our website www.enroltovoteweek.aec.gov.au

  • call 13 23 26, or

  • Email [email protected]

  • We look forward to receiving your enrolment form!


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