AUSTRALIA NEWS - Early voting in the 2022 Australian federal election will begin tomorrow, Monday 9 May, although 21 May is still two weeks away.
This process allows Australians who do not have access to a polling place on Election Day to vote in person.
Here's everything you need to know about early voting.
When does early voting start?
Early in-person voting begins May 9 and runs through Friday, May 20.
Who can vote early?
The Australian Electoral Commission says that people must vote on Election Day if they can do so, but early voting is for people who cannot vote on May 21.
The people who can vote early are those on May 21:
- They are located more than 8 kilometers from the polling place
- Unable to leave their workplace to vote
- Seriously ill, incapacitated, or about to give birth (or taking care of someone)
- A hospitalized patient cannot vote in the hospital
- They have religious beliefs that prevent them from attending the polling place
- are serving a prison sentence of less than three years or otherwise detained
- They fear for their safety
Where can I cast an early vote?
There are more than 500 early polling stations open across the country.
To find one near you, head over to the AEC website.
Can I vote early by mail instead?
If you cannot make it to the polling place on May 21, you are eligible to vote by mail, which must be filled out and submitted before Election Day.
Please note that you need to apply to be able to vote by mail, as applications can be submitted on the AEC website by May 18.
The postal ballot papers themselves must be completed before or on May 21 - and signed by a witness - and the CEC needs to receive them no later than 13 days after polling day, otherwise the vote will not count.
What if you are abroad?
The AEC encourages Australians abroad to mail in their votes, and to do so as soon as possible.
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