Home U.S How to enrol to vote in the federal election between Scott Morrison...

How to enrol to vote in the federal election between Scott Morrison and Anthony Albanese

74
0


What you need to do in the next WEEK to avoid being fined after the May 21 federal election

  • Australians who do not vote in the May federal election will receive a $20 fine 
  • Tens of thousands have not yet enrolled to vote alongside over 17 million Aussies 
  • A poll on Sunday found Labor candidate Anthony Albanese was the popular vote 
  • Some 34 million votes will be counted by hand on the federal election night

Tens of thousands of Australians are yet to enrol to vote in the May 21 federal election and risk a $20 fine if they don’t cast their ballot.

Prime Minister Scott Morrison called for an election on Sunday, meaning in a little over a month’s time some 17 million Australians will flock to cast their vote. 

Voting is mandatory for people of the age of 18 in Australia.

Australians who refuse to vote in the upcoming federal election will cop a $20 fine on May 21

Australians who refuse to vote in the upcoming federal election will cop a $20 fine on May 21

Eligible Australians can enrol to vote or change their details at the Australian Electoral Commission website.

The AEC’s Evan Ekin-Smyth told Seven News workers have been kept busy preparing for the big day.

‘We’ve got warehouse facilities across the country that are sitting there with materials, ready to pick up and be sent out to different polling places,’ she said.

The AEC still needs to finalise voting locations, people to run the stations, and the transport of voting materials. 

Eligible people will need to enrol to vote before 8pm on April 18 to participate in the upcoming election.

Prime Minister Scott Morrison will represent the Liberal party in the upcoming election against labor candidate Anthony Albanese

Prime Minister Scott Morrison will represent the Liberal party in the upcoming election against labor candidate Anthony Albanese

‘We always have a heck of a lot of enrolments come through. So we have a verifying process for those and it’ll be hundreds of thousands in that week,’ Ms Ekin-Smyth said.

Ms Ekin-Smyth said that though the $20 is a deterrent against skipping the vote, Australians should value the chance to have their say.

After the polls close on election day, thousands of AEC workers will count more than 34 million votes by hand for the Senate and the House of Representatives.

Ms Ekin-Smyth said about 24 million ballot papers were counted on election night and the result could be announced within hours. 

A Newspoll released by The Australian on Sunday found Labor candidate Anthony Albanese was the popular vote for the upcoming election

A Newspoll released by The Australian on Sunday found Labor candidate Anthony Albanese was the popular vote for the upcoming election

‘It’s a significant exercise, the count, but our motto is “right, not rushed”. Once all the votes are counted or once we know who has an unassailable lead, the winners of each seat are declared,’ she said. 

Ms Ekin-Smyth said postal votes, early votes, and papers from overseas usually arrive in the weeks after the election. 

The party winning the most seats in the House of Representatives – 76 or more out of 151 – will be declared the winner of the election and the party leader become the prime minister. 

A Newspoll conducted for The Australian on Sunday found Labor candidate Anthony Albanese was the popular choice for the upcoming election.

If his party wins, Mr Albanese will be sworn in by Governor-General David Hurley as 31st Australian prime minister.

Advertisement

Previous articleLive Updates: Voting Begins in French Presidential Race
Next articleUkraine LIVE: Putin's Chernobyl farce! Troops picked up radioactive items with BARE HANDS

LEAVE A REPLY

Please enter your comment!
Please enter your name here