Pre-poll voting starts for ACT election

Published 29 Sep 2004

Voting in the 16 October ACT Legislative Assembly election is already in full swing.

Voters who are unable to get to a polling place on 16 October have begun voting at the four pre-poll voting centres which opened on Monday. Over 5300 postal ballot papers have also been mailed to electors this week.

"Pre-poll voting is an easy alternative to postal voting for those who may be away from Canberra on polling day, or who for some other reason can not attend a polling place on that day," the ACT Electoral Commissioner, Mr Phil Green, said today.

"Many Canberrans know already that they will not be here on 16 October," Mr Green said.

"These people can vote any weekday between now and polling day, other than the 4 October public holiday. The pre-poll voting centres, set up at convenient locations near Canberra's major town centres, will also be open on Saturday 9 October, the same day as the federal election."

"Next week the Electoral Commission will be delivering comprehensive information about the election to all Canberra households, including the addresses of the pre-poll voting centres and polling places, as well as details on how to vote and how the counting system works. The election guide will also include sample ballot papers, showing the names of all candidates," Mr Green said.

The pre-poll voting centres are at:

Belconnen: Canberra Revival Centre, 12 Chandler Street

Canberra City: Riley Hall, Pilgrim House, 69 Northbourne Avenue
(on federal election day, 9 October - the Reception Room, ACT Legislative Assembly, London Circuit)

Woden: Callam Offices, Level B3, Easty Street

Tuggeranong: Salvation Army Hall, Corner Anketell and Reed Street North

Phillip Green
Electoral Commissioner