Young people still under-represented with four days left before the ACT electoral roll closes

Published 18 Sep 2012

With just four days to go before the ACT electoral roll closes, two out of five 18-year-olds are not enrolled and less than half of the ACT’s 19-year-olds are enrolled, the ACT Electoral Commissioner Mr Phil Green said today.

Rolls for the 20 October ACT Legislative Assembly election close on Friday 21 September.

“ACT residents have just four more days to make sure that they are correctly enrolled for next month’s Legislative Assembly election,” Mr Green said.

Only 60% of eligible 18-year-olds and just under 50% of eligible 19-year-olds were enrolled by Friday 14 September. Around 80% of 20-24 year-olds were on the roll.

“Time is running out to enrol. If you have recently turned 18 or 19, or you are 17 and will turn 18 on or before polling day, you should enrol now,” Mr Green said.

“It also appears that many older ACT citizens are not enrolled for their current address. If you have changed address and haven’t updated your enrolment, it’s easy to update your enrolment online,” Mr Green said.

“Remember that enrolment is compulsory. It is important that every eligible citizen should enrol and have their say in how the ACT is run,” Mr Green said.

Eligible citizens can find enrolment forms online and check if their enrolment is up to date at Enrolment forms are also available at any ACT Post Office, ACT electoral office, MyWay Centre or Canberra Connect.

Completed enrolment forms can be lodged until 5 pm on 21 September at Canberra Connect shopfronts and until 8 pm at the Australian Electoral Commission office in Hobart Place in the City or the Elections ACT office in Belconnen.

“Social media users who ‘like’ the Elections ACT facebook page can go into a draw to win one of two iPads – but they must also be enrolled to vote for the ACT election. The competition closes on 21 September, the day the rolls close for the election,” Mr Green said.

You can follow Elections ACT on facebook and Twitter to get up-to-date news on the 20 October ACT election.