Federal Election 2022: How to Vote Before the Election, Polling Station Locations

We’re halfway through the campaign and it’s time to start thinking about where and when you can vote. There are important things to know.

The federal election campaign is halfway through, and it’s time to start thinking about where and when to vote. There are important things to know.

Almost 97% of eligible Australians are registered to vote on May 21, but you can actually have your say even earlier.

People can vote at any polling place in their state or territory, and many polling places will be open at local schools, churches, community halls and public buildings.

Voting opens at 8 a.m. on election day and closes at 6 p.m. sharp, but not everyone will be able to do so on the day.

If that’s you, there are plenty of pre-survey options available.

Before Wednesday 18 May, voters can apply for a postal vote on the AEC website (www.aec.gov.au) or at AEC offices.

Early voting centers are also open from Monday 9 May. You can find the one closest to you below.

The Australian Electoral Commission stipulates that ballot papers must be completed and attested on or before Election Day.

If you are not in the state where you are registered to vote on Election Day, you will need to vote at an interstate voting center.

The AEC also allows voters to vote from abroad, but ballots must be returned in time to be counted.

“We encourage you to apply as early as possible to ensure you receive your voting materials on time,” the AEC website says.

“We recommend that you complete and return your ballots as soon as possible so that your vote can be counted. You only have 13 days after the election for your ballots to be received by the AEC.

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