Time running out to enrol to vote in ACT election

Published 13 Aug 2013

Canberrans have until 8 pm this Friday to make sure that they are enrolled to vote in the October 20 ACT election.

The Electoral Commissioner, Mr Phil Green, today reminded ACT voters that the roll is about to close and only those on the roll then would be able to vote in next month's election.

"This Friday at 8 pm is the cut-off for enrolment," Mr Green said. "We are not able to process any enrolments received after that time."

While the Commission has been receiving a steady stream of new enrolments and changes of address for those already on the roll, Mr Green said that at each election there are always a number of people who leave it too late and miss out on being able to have their say.

"At the time of the 1998 election there were 205 000 ACT electors on the roll," Mr Green said. "At the moment we have about 216 000, but there may still be people who have recently become eligible to vote – by turning 18 or by becoming Australian citizens – who have not yet enrolled."

Enrolment forms are available from Post Offices, ACT Shopfronts, electoral offices, or can be printed from the Commission's website.

Mr Green reminded Canberrans that the completed forms must be received by the Commission by the cut-off time, not just posted by then. Forms can be delivered to Elections ACT at 48-56 Allara St, Civic, or to the Australian Electoral Commission at 8-10 Hobart Place, Civic, up to 8 pm on Friday.

Phillip Green
Electoral Commissioner