Elections and voting FAQ

Updated 11 Oct 2020

The 2020 election for the ACT Legislative Assembly is being held over a 3-week voting period from Monday, 28 September to Saturday, 17 October 2020. Voting early during this voting period is intended to reduce the number of voters in a voting location at any one time. This is intended to assist in reducing the health risks associated with COVID-19 infection for voters and polling officials.

ALL ACT electors are eligible and encouraged to vote during this period.

Election dates are set in the Electoral Act 1992. From 1989 until 2004 the ACT had three-year terms. The ACT Legislative Assembly now has fixed four-year terms, with elections held every four years on the third Saturday in October.

The Governor-General can dissolve the Assembly and order an early election if he or she is of the opinion that the Assembly is incapable of effectively performing its functions or is conducting its affairs in a grossly improper manner. An early election can also be held if the Assembly passes a resolution of no confidence in the Chief Minister and does not elect a Chief Minister within 30 days - such an election cannot be held within 6 months of the next scheduled ordinary election.

Timing of elections and the length of terms of office for Members of the ACT Legislative Assembly have changed a number of times since self-government. Elections for the Assembly have been held as follows:

Any person who is 18 years old on or before election day who is on the Commonwealth electoral roll with an ACT address can vote at Assembly elections.

Enrolment for the 2020 election can be done at any time up to 6pm on 17 October.

Persons enrolled for an ACT electoral division for an address in Jervis Bay Territory or Norfolk Island are not entitled to vote for ACT Legislative Assembly elections.

Yes. Voting is compulsory for every person on the electoral roll except for eligible overseas electors, Antarctic electors, electors serving a prison sentence outside the ACT and itinerant electors.

Voters mark preferences for candidates in the order of their choice by using the numbers 1, 2, 3, 4, 5 and so on. Voters should mark at least as many squares as there are vacancies, but may continue to number as many squares as they wish. Preferences can be written in boxes located in any of the columns on the ballot paper, but there must not be more than one number 1 on the ballot paper. Ticks and crosses are not allowed.

The ballot paper is divided into columns with a party name above each column. Non-party candidates and party candidates where the party is only nominating one candidate for the electorate, are always located in the last column on the right of the ballot paper under the column heading “Ungrouped”.

The list of candidates for an ACT Legislative Assembly election is made publicly available as soon as practicable after the declaration of the nominations. The dates for the nomination period and the declaration of nominations are legislated by the Electoral Act.

The declaration of nominations for the 2020 ACT election took place at 12 noon on 24 September 2020 when the names of the confirmed candidates were officially announced by the Electoral Commissioner.

Ballot papers are printed as soon as practicable after the declaration of nominations and distributed to early voting centres and interstate voting locations in time for the opening of voting on Monday, 28 September. Postal vote packs for applications lodged before 28 September are also posted.

Candidate supplied statements are published on Elections ACT's website as soon as practicable after being received. Not all candidates choose to provide a statement.

The 2020 ACT election is different because of the impact of COVID-19. Changes to voting arrangements have been made to keep all electors and polling staff safe.

Voting is available to all ACT electors during the 3-week voting period instead of a single election day. The voting period runs from Monday, 28 September to Saturday, 17 October. All ACT electors are eligible to vote during this voting period and are strongly encouraged to vote early at any of the early voting locations across Canberra. Extending voting over a longer period is intended to reduce the number of people in a polling place at any one time. This assists with reducing the health risks associated with COVID-19 infection for voters and polling officials.

Fifteen early voting centres, located across Canberra and offering electronic voting, are open 7 days a week from 9am to 5pm with extended hours on Fridays until 8pm, during the voting period. Electronic voting reduces the need for voters and polling officials to handle ballot papers and the touch screens used are easily and regularly disinfected. Paper ballots are still available. Strict hygiene measures are in place for all voting methods and social distancing observed.

Saturday, 17 October is the last day to vote. Additional polling places are open for the day from 8am to 6pm. Information is available in a brochure that has been delivered to every household in the ACT.

Candidates have the option of submitting a Candidate Statement, including a picture and a link to a their website or social media account, for publication on the Elections ACT website. This is for voters' information since more traditional ways of campaigning have been restricted by the public health situation.

You can apply for a postal vote for the 2020 ACT election in two ways:

You can also apply for a postal vote on behalf of another person if they have authorised you to do this.

After receiving your application, Elections ACT will mail postal voting papers to your nominated address when ballot papers become available. The first batch of ballot papers was posted out on Monday, 28 September 2020, the earliest date possible.

You will be sent:

  • A ballot paper
  • A declaration envelope; and
  • A Reply Paid envelope.

You must:

  • Complete all the details on the declaration envelope.
  • Place the ballot paper inside the declaration envelope.
  • Return it in the pre-paid envelope supplied.  Your returned envelope must be postmarked no later than election day 17 October 2020 and must reach us no later than the Friday after election day, 23 October 2020 for your vote to be counted.
  • If you are voting by post make sure you leave enough time for this process.

Friday 9 October was the last date that Elections ACT could receive applications for postal votes to be sent to addresses overseas. It is now too late to apply for a postal vote if you are overseas. Please use the online electronic voting service available to electors who are voting from overseas.

Thursday 15 October is the last date that Elections ACT can receive applications for postal votes to be sent to addresses in Australia.

In the week before election day, polling officials usually visit most of the ACT's hospitals and nursing homes, as well as the Alexander Maconochie Centre so that anyone residing in these institutions, who is unable to visit a polling place, is able to vote.

Elections ACT is not providing mobile polling services for the 2020 election. Instead, Elections ACT has arranged with eligible institutions to provide postal vote services for the residents of these facilities. Extra precautions are taken when delivering and receiving postal vote material to minimise risk of COVID-19 transmission.

If you will be overseas on election day, if possible you should vote before you leave during the 3-week voting period from Monday, 28 September with early voting centres open 7 days a week from 9am to 5pm and until 8pm on Fridays.

For electors in an overseas location during the voting period, an electronic voting service is available. To be eligible to use the overseas e-voting service, electors must be in an overseas location at the time of voting. A declaration of this fact is required. The overseas e-voting service is operational only during the voting period 9 am 28 September to 6 pm 17 October 2020 (AEDT). Note that the application stage of the voting process closes at 4pm on 17 October 2020 (AEDT).

It is too late to apply for a postal vote if you are overseas. Applications for postal vote packs to be sent to an overseas address closed at 5pm on 9 October. This is a legislated date.

Australian missions overseas are not supplied with ballot papers.

For information on enrolment requirements if you are heading overseas, see the Australian Electoral Commission's website.

Voting in the 2020 ACT election is available for a 3-week voting period from Monday, 28 September. If you are in Canberra this will allow you to vote at any early voting centre. These voting centres are open 7 days a week from 9am to 5pm with extended hours on Fridays until 8pm. They will open again on the last day of voting, Saturday 17 October from 8am to 6pm. All ACT electors are eligible to vote during this period.

If you are interstate during the voting period you may be able to vote at the capital city office of any State or Northern Territory electoral office (not the Australian Electoral Commission). Due to COVID-19, some of these offices may not be open to the public. It is important to check with Elections ACT prior to attempting to vote at one of these interstate facilities. These interstate offices are open during normal business hours Monday to Friday but will NOT be open on the final day of the voting period, Saturday, 17 October.

It is too late to apply for a postal vote if you are overseas. Applications for postal vote packs to be sent to an overseas address closed at 5pm on 9 October. This is a legislated date.

For electors in an overseas location during the voting period, an electronic voting service is available. To be eligible to use the overseas e-voting service, electors must be in an overseas location at the time of voting. A declaration of this fact is required. The overseas e-voting service is operational only during the voting period 9 am 28 September to 6 pm 17 October 2020 (AEDT). Note that the application stage of the voting process closes at 4pm on 17 October 2020 (AEDT).

Applying for a postal vote is also an option available to Defence force personnel.

If you are going to work in the Antarctic (including Heard Island, McDonald Island and Macquarie Island), or are already there, you may be eligible to enrol as an "Antarctic elector". Contact Elections ACT or the Australian Electoral Commission for more details or an application form.

If you are in the Antarctic for the 3-week voting period for the 2020 election, or in transit on a ship to or from the Antarctic, special arrangements can be made for you to vote. Because this will require the electronic transmission of individual vote details, and because of the small number of electors involved, there may be a limited loss of secrecy of individual votes. For this reason, voting in the Antarctic is not compulsory.

For electors in an overseas location during the voting period, an electronic voting service is available. To be eligible to use the overseas e-voting service, electors must be in an overseas location at the time of voting. A declaration of this fact is required. The overseas e-voting service is operational only during the voting period 9 am 28 September to 6 pm 17 October 2020 (AEDT). Note that the application stage of the voting process closes at 4pm on 17 October 2020 (AEDT).

Yes, provided they are enrolled, or entitled to be enrolled, for an ACT address. Prisoners can apply for a postal vote.

To make voting as COVID-safe for electors as possible, a 3-week voting period applies for the 2020 ACT election instead of a single election day. The voting period is from Monday, 28 September to Saturday, 17 October. All ACT electors are eligible to vote at any early voting centre in the ACT, 7 days a week, from 9am to 5pm every day with extended opening hours until 8pm on Fridays.

It is strongly recommended that electors cast their vote before Saturday, 17 October to reduce the number of electors in one location at any one time. This is intended to assist in reducing the health risks associated with COVID-19 infection for voters and polling officials.

If you can't go to a polling place during the voting period, you can apply for a postal vote online or by calling (02) 6205 0033 if it is to go to an Australian address. It is too late to apply for a postal vote to go to an overseas address. Applications closed at 5pm on 9 October. This is a legislated date. Instead, overseas electors can vote using the overseas electronic voting system.

Elections ACT is not providing mobile polling services for this election. Instead, Elections ACT has arranged with eligible institutions to provide postal vote services for the residents of these facilities. Extra precautions are taken when delivering and receiving postal vote material to minimise risk of COVID-19 transmission.

The ACT Electoral Commission has 15 early voting centres open across Canberra for the 2020 election voting period from Monday, 28 September. These locations are open 7 days a week through to Saturday, 17 October. Electronic voting and paper ballots will be available. The list of locations is published in an election information brochure posted to all households in the week before the start of the voting period on 28 September.

82 polling places will open on the final day of voting, Saturday 17 October, from 8am to 6pm. This includes the early voting centres offering electronic voting. The list of these locations is published in a second election information brochure posted to all households in the week before the final day of voting on 17 October.

All ACT electors are eligible and encouraged to vote at any of these during the 3 week voting period.

Remember, for ACT Legislative Assembly elections you don't need to vote at any particular polling place. You can cast an ordinary vote at any polling place in the ACT, even if you are outside your electorate.

You can vote electronically at all early voting centres open during the 3-week voting period for the 2020 ACT election, from Monday, 28 September. Voting at these locations is open to all ACT electors throughout this voting period. These polling places are also open on the final day of the voting period, Saturday, 17 October. Additional polling places will open on 17 October 2020, but will not offer electronic voting.

Electronic voting reduces the need for voters and polling officials to handle ballot papers and the touch screens used are easily and regularly disinfected. Paper ballots are still available. Strict hygiene measures will be applied to all voting methods. Casting a vote electronically is available at all voting centres during the voting period. These centres are also be open on election day.

Voters who choose to vote electronically are given an e-voting card with a QR code on it and directed to an electronic voting screen. The voter then uses the touchscreen to select the language they want to use for the instructions. The instructions are available in twelve languages including English.

The next screen instructs the voter to scan their e-voting card to start the voting process. This displays the ballot paper screen for their electorate.

The voter then selects the candidates they wish to give preferences to, in order, using the touchscreen. Each time a candidate is selected, a consecutive number will appear in the box beside the candidate name, starting at number 1.

A mistake can be corrected by selecting ‘Undo last choice’. The voter can also select ‘Clear choices’ to remove all preferences entered and start again.

When the voter is finished selecting candidates, they select ‘Next’. A new screen displays the voter's choices in the order they selected for the voter to confirm.

The voter then either selects ‘Go back’ if they wish to make changes or scans the e-voting card again to finalise their vote. It is important that the voter scans the QR code card this second time to finalise the voting process.

Lastly, the voter places their e-voting card in the ballot box as they leave the polling place.

Staff are available to assist if requested by the voter. The voter can select ‘Hide my vote’ before requesting assistance to ensure vote secrecy. This will hide the ballot paper screen. Polling place staff will observe social distancing requirements.

No. You will need to vote before Saturday 17 October. The voting period for the 2020 ACT election began on Monday 28 September and is open to all ACT electors. Early voting centres are open 7 days a week, 9am to 5pm and until 8pm on Fridays.

Alternatively, you may apply for a postal vote either online or by phoning (02) 6205 0033. 5pm on Thursday 15 October is the cut off for Elections ACT to receive applications for postal votes to be sent to an address in Australia.

Voting in the 2020 ACT election is taking place over a 3-week voting period instead of on a single election day. The voting period began  on Monday, 28 September with fifteen early voting centres open 7 days a week from 9am to 5pm, and until 8pm on Fridays. All ACT electors are eligible to vote in this period and are encouraged to vote early. If you are in Canberra during the voting period, you should visit an early voting centre to cast your vote.

If you are travelling interstate before the voting period begins, you may:

  • Vote at the capital city office of any State or Northern Territory electoral commission (not the Australian Electoral Commission), from 9am to 5pm, Monday to Friday, during the voting period but NOT on Saturday 17 October.  Due to COVID-19, some of these offices may not be open to the public. It is important to check with Elections ACT prior to attempting to vote at one of these interstate facilities; or
  • Apply for a postal vote if you will have a postal address where ballot material can reach you during the voting period. Thursday 15 October is the last date that Elections ACT can receive applications for postal votes to be sent to addresses in Australia.

You should notify your change of address on the Australian Electoral Commission's website when you have been living at your new address for one month.

The ACT electoral roll was closed to further changes of address at 6pm on 11 September.

For electors who have changed address within the ACT, this means that you will be issued a ballot paper for the electorate of your previous address in the ACT for the 2020 ACT election.

For electors who have moved to the ACT from elsewhere, unless the AEC was notified of this change before 6pm on 11 September, you will not appear on the electoral roll for the 2020 ACT election. If you have lived within the ACT for a month or more, you are eligible to enrol in the ACT and you can vote in this election. Enrol now online at www.aec.gov.au You will be offered a declaration vote at a polling place and, if you enrolled before 6pm, 17 October 2020, your declaration vote will be counted.

The ACT Electoral Commission is committed to providing a COVID-safe environment for the 2020 ACT election. To help achieve this, voting is taking place over a 3-week period from Monday, 28 September to 6pm on Saturday, 17 October, instead of on a single election day. Extending voting over a longer period is intended to reduce the number of people in a polling place at any one time. This will assist in reducing the health risks associated with COVID-19 infection for voters and polling officials. All ACT voters are eligible and encouraged to vote during the voting period.

Fifteen early voting centres, located across Canberra, are open 7 days a week from Monday, 28 September. They are open 9am to 5pm every day except Fridays when the hours are extended to 8pm. Early voting centres offer electronic voting which reduces the need for voters and polling officials to handle ballot papers. The touch screens used are easily and regularly disinfected. Paper ballots are still available. Strict hygiene measures will be applied to all voting methods. Additional polling places with paper ballots only will open from 9am to 6pm on the final day of voting, Saturday 17 October. You can vote at any polling place in Canberra.

If you able to go to a polling place, you can nominate someone to help you vote including a polling official. If someone can drive you to the polling place, a polling official can bring voting material out to you in the car.

Alternatively, someone can help you vote by post. They can assist you with applying for a postal vote or they can apply for a postal vote on your behalf if you authorise them to do so. Application can be made online or by phoning (02) 6205 0033. Applications for a postal vote to be delivered to an Australian address close at 5pm on Thursday, 15 October 2020. Once the ballot material arrives, someone can also assist you to complete the voting process if you wish. If you can't sign your name on postal voting material, someone can sign on your behalf as a witness to your mark.

If you are physically incapacitated, or caring for someone who is, you can register as a general postal voter. You will then automatically receive postal ballot material for each federal and ACT election. If you can't sign your name on postal voting material, someone can sign on your behalf as a witness to your mark.

Telephone voting is available for electors who are blind or have visual impairment and those with a physical disability that makes it problematic to travel to an early voting centre.

Elections ACT is not providing mobile polling services for this election. Instead, Elections ACT has arranged with eligible institutions to provide postal vote services for the residents of these facilities. Extra precautions are taken when delivering and receiving postal vote material to minimise risk of COVID-19 transmission.

Elections ACT sends two election information brochures to all ACT households. These provide information on enrolment and voting including key dates, electorate maps, instructions for voting formally, polling place locations and hours, and assistance for voters who can’t vote during the 3-week voting period that applies for 2020. These brochures are made available from this website in audio and accessible pdf formats for voters requiring this. The first of these brochures was delivered to ACT households in the week before the voting opened on 28 September.

Note that voting is still compulsory for elderly voters.

The ACT Electoral Commission is committed to providing a COVID-safe environment for the 2020 ACT election. To help achieve this, voting is taking place over a 3-week period from Monday, 28 September to 6pm on Saturday, 17 October, instead of on a single election day. Extending voting over a longer period is intended to reduce the number of people in a polling place at any one time. This will assist in reducing the health risks associated with COVID-19 infection for voters and polling officials. All ACT voters are eligible and encouraged to vote during the voting period.

Elections ACT is providing assistance to voters with disabilities in a number of ways at this election.

Electronic voting allows voters who are blind or have vision impairment to vote independently and is available at the 15 early voting centres across Canberra from Monday, 28 September. These voting centres are open 7 days a week from 9am to 5pm and until 8pm on Fridays. They are also open on Saturday, 17 October from 8am to 6pm. Additional polling places, open for Saturday, 17 October only, will not have electronic voting. Magnifying sheets to use with the ballot papers are available on request.

Telephone voting is available for electors who are blind or have visual impairment and those with a physical disability that makes it problematic to travel to an early voting centre.

All ACT polling places are assessed for accessibility. The accessibility of each polling place is indicated on the list of polling places. The list is available from this website and in a brochure sent to all households. All polling places are equipped with a voting screen that can be used by a person seated in a wheelchair or in the chair supplied. Polling staff can assist voters if help is asked for.

Elections ACT sends two election information brochures to all ACT households. These provide information on enrolment and voting including key dates, electorate maps, instructions for voting formally, polling place locations and hours, and assistance for voters who can’t vote during the 3-week voting period that applies for 2020. These brochures are available on this website in audio and accessible pdf formats for voters requiring this. The first of these brochures was delivered to ACT households in the week before voting opened on 28 September.

Information about voting and ACT elections is also available in an Easy English format from this website. Hardcopy can be requested by contacting Elections ACT.

General Postal Voter (GPV) status is available if you have a  physical disability which prevents you from signing your name or if you live at home and you are too ill or infirm to travel to a polling place or you are caring for someone like this. General Postal Voters automatically receive a postal vote for every federal and ACT Legislative Assembly election. You can ask someone to help you complete the form to apply and to complete the ballot paper when you receive it. Alternatively, you may wish to apply for a postal vote for this election only. Please note, 5pm on Thursday 15 October is the cut off for applying for a postal vote to go to an Australian address.

Elections ACT is not providing mobile polling services for this election. Instead, Elections ACT has arranged with eligible institutions to provide postal vote services for the residents of these facilities. Extra precautions are taken when delivering and receiving postal vote material to minimise risk of COVID-19 transmission.

Registration as a general postal voter means that you will automatically be sent postal voting material as soon as possible after early voting commences for each federal and ACT election.

You can apply for registration as a general postal voter if:

  • You are a patient in a hospital, nursing home or similar institution that is not provided with mobile polling facilities and you are too ill or infirm to travel;
  • You live at home and you are too ill or infirm to travel;
  • You are caring for a seriously ill or infirm person;
  • You are detained in lawful custody (for example, serving a prison sentence);
  • You have a physical disability which prevents you from signing your name and you have provided upon enrolling, or can provide, a doctor's certificate to this effect;
  • You live more than 20 km by the nearest practicable route from a polling place;
  • You are registered as on overseas elector;
  • Your address is not shown on the roll because you are a silent elector;
  • Your religious beliefs prevent you from attending a polling place;
  • You are a member of the Australian defence forces, or a Defence civilian serving outside Australia; or
  • You are an Australian Federal Police officer or staff member serving outside Australia.

For more detail and access to the application form, go to the Australian Electoral Commission's website or contact Elections ACT.

If you don't vote at the ACT Legislative Assembly election, you will receive a letter or email from the ACT Electoral Commission asking for an explanation. Your explanation must be provided in writing either:

  • On the back of the notice sent to you; or
  • Through the online form that is made available on this site when letters are sent out.

If you have a valid reason you will not be fined.

If you do not have a valid reason, you will be given the opportunity of paying a $20 penalty. If you do not pay the penalty you may be taken to court, where the penalty can be increased to $80 plus court costs.

You should contact Elections ACT as soon as possible if you will be or have been unable to vote at the election.  If you have a valid reason, you will not be sent the failure to vote notice.

Remember, you have a 3-week voting period for the 2020 ACT election, from Monday 28 September to Saturday 17 October, not just a single election day. You can vote at any of the 15 early voting centres, open 7 days a week from 9am to 5pm and until 8pm on Fridays. Additional polling places are open from 8am to 6pm on the final day of voting. Make the time to vote early if you can.

Twenty-five (25) Members are to be elected to the Legislative Assembly at the 2020 ACT election.

The Assembly voted to increase the number of Members from 17 to 25 in 2014.

The ACT is divided into 5 electorates - Brindabella, Ginninderra, Kurrajong, Murrumbidgee and Yerrabi - each electing 5 Members to the Legislative Assembly.

In preparation for each Legislative Assembly election, a redistribution of electoral boundaries is commenced two years before. The most recent redistribution was concluded in July 2019. These revised boundaries are for use at the 2020 ACT election. A list of suburbs in each electorate is available.

The Hare-Clark electoral system is used for ACT Legislative Assembly elections. This is the electoral system chosen by a majority of voters at the referendum held on 15 February 1992. The Hare-Clark system is also used to elect Members of the Tasmanian House of Assembly.

The Hare-Clark system is a method of proportional representation. To be elected, a candidate must obtain a quota of votes in an electorate.

Electors vote by showing preferences for individual candidates.

Each elector has a single vote, which can be transferred from candidate to candidate according to the preferences on the ballot paper until all the vacancies are filled.

Candidates' names are listed on the ballot papers in columns. Two or more candidates nominated by a registered political party are listed in a party column. Independent candidates and candidates nominated by registered political parties that have nominated only one candidate for that electorate, are included in "ungrouped" columns on the ballot papers.

Ballot papers are printed using "Robson rotation". This means that the names in each column of candidates are printed in different orders on consecutive ballot papers. Robson rotation gives each candidate an equal share of each position in a column and no candidate in a column has the advantage of appearing in the same position on every ballot paper. For example, if there are 5 candidates in a column, that column will be printed with one-fifth of all ballot papers having candidate "A" in the top position, another fifth of all ballot papers having candidate "B" in the top position, and so on for each candidate in the column.

Robson rotation means that the order of candidates listed on the ballot paper you receive as a voter may be different from sample ballot papers, published lists or how-to-vote cards you have seen. Voters wishing to vote for particular candidates should be aware of this.

For more information on ballot papers, Robson rotation and a sample ballot paper, view our ballot paper factsheet.

This depends on the number of candidates, but the final result is expected around 1 to 2 weeks after voting closes. Preliminary results are available on election night.

Requirements for authorising printed electoral matter (including in an electronic form such as an internet site) are regulated under the Electoral Act 1992 and are outlined in the authorising electoral material factsheet and the Candidate's Information Handbook.

Authorisations for TV and radio political advertising are regulated under the Commonwealth's Broadcasting Services Act 1992 (TV and radio are under Commonwealth jurisdiction under the Constitution). The responsible authority is the Australian Communications and Media Authority. The relevant rules for TV and radio political advertising are set out on the Australian Communications and Media Authority's site - visit the ACMA's website for rules concerning TV and radio advertising.

Election advertising in the electronic media is subject to a 'blackout' from midnight on the Wednesday before election day until election day. The blackout does not relate to news broadcasts or to the printed media. This is a requirement of the Broadcasting Act not the Electoral Act. For further information contact the Australian Communications and Media Authority For ACT elections, the blackout only applies to election advertisements related to an ACT election that are broadcast in or across the ACT.

Yes. As much paper and cardboard electoral material is reused or recycled as possible. Recycled paper is also used wherever possible for electoral documents. The cardboard equipment used in polling places, such as the voting screens, has been specially selected for sustainability. It is made from unbleached cardboard with 100% recycled content. To avoid environmental contamination, the cardboard is not printed on. After an election, the cardboard is offered to schools that are polling place venues for re-use. If it is unwanted, the cardboard is then recycled.

Where possible, electronic formats have replaced paper formats. For example, an electronic format of the electoral roll is used to mark off electors' names before voting. Electors can vote electronically instead of on a paper ballot if they wish at early voting centres.

The 2016 election cost around $4.854 million in addition to the regular budget for the ACT Electoral Commission. This includes around $1.7 million for public funding of candidates and parties. More details on the Commission's budget are contained in each year's annual report.

More details on elections and voting may be obtained by contacting the ACT Electoral Commission.