Last day to enrol to vote as AEC warns against dodgy postal ballots

Talking points

  • The electoral roll closes at 8pm on Monday 18 April (tonight).
  • You can find it at www.aec.gov.au
  • People who have turned 18 since the 2019 federal election or people who will be 18 on polling day (May 21) should add their names.
  • People can also check to see if their details are correct.

The Australian Electoral Commission has issued a last-minute plea for young voters to get on the electoral roll with just hours to go before it shuts.

Electoral Commissioner Tom Rogers has also warned that political parties are distributing potentially misleading postal vote application forms and urged voters to stick to the official commission forms.

Australian have until 8pm on Monday to enrol to vote in this year’s federal election.Credit:Chris Hopkins

Australians have until 8pm tonight to enroll to vote or update their details ahead of May 21 election with the commission concerned about the drop in numbers of younger people on the roll. In the 2019 poll 88.9 per cent of 18 year olds were enrolled, but the rate has fallen to 85.4 per cent.

Rogers also said people were complaining about postal vote forms being handed out by some parties.

“It’s legal but it is potentially misleading and we’re concerned,” Rogers said on Monday morning.

He said voters should attend a polling booth if possible but they were unable to do then they should only use the commission’s postal vote forms.

“Our message couldn’t be clearer – vote in person if you can, apply for a postal vote through us if you need one,” Rogers said.

“There is a multitude of issues we’re seeing and it’s the number one complaint we’re receiving from Australians with thousands of pieces of correspondence received across social media and more traditional complaint channels in just days.

“We’ve also seen the wrong forms distributed in one division, our colour purple used in a potentially misleading way in another and voters being directed to generically named websites en masse with the potential to mislead.”

Mr Rogers said the misdirection by political parties to websites could also raise issues around private if people are encouraged to provide personal details.

“The AEC takes privacy seriously and operates under the Privacy Act, political parties don’t have to,” he said.

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