By: Charlotte Lever
Enrolling to vote and voting is surprisingly easy.
For Federal and State elections, all you need to do is attend a local polling place, which is normally located in a school, church hall or public building, and cast your vote. Often there are options to vote early if you can’t make it on the day.
To enrol to vote or to check your enrolment, visit the AEC website. You enrol with the AEC for Federal, State and Local government elections, so once you’ve enrolled once, you’re ready to go!
It may be a little difficult to keep up with when all the different elections will be taking place. The AEC website usually posts information on upcoming elections, or you can check the details for State elections on each state electoral commission website, which we’ve posted for you below.
In other words, it’s so easy to vote that you have no excuse not to. Also, if you’re voting, don’t miss out on the honoured Australian tradition of a post-vote sausage sizzle or cake stall.
Lucky for us, democracysausage.org has created a website dedicated to mapping each and every sausage sizzle and cake stall at each polling place on Federal and State election days, which you can search by location. You’re welcome.
But what are we missing?
After reading these facts about voting, you might feel like you now have a reason to enrol, or vote in your next Federal, State or local election. And that’s great!
But you may be thinking that you still don’t know the basics of how politics and democracy work in Australia, how we can make politics work better for young people, or even which candidate or party represents your views. And that’s fair enough.
Voting isn’t going to solve everything but, it’s a super important (and easy) place to begin.
Y Vote is here to help with all the other stuff too!
Over the next couple of months we will be sharing information on these topics and much more, including some breakdowns of the policy positions of key parties and candidates going into the 2019 Federal election. We will also be sharing some tools you can use to help figure out who to vote for. We’ll be posting these to our Facebook page and sending them through our mailing list, which you can join by Pledging to Vote below.