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Voting in a different electorate

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What happens if I do not vote?

After each election, the AEC will send a letter to all apparent non-voters requesting that they either provide a valid and sufficient reason for failing to vote or pay a $20 penalty.

If, within the time period specified on the notice, you fail to reply, cannot provide a valid and sufficient reason or decline to pay the $20 penalty, then the matter may be referred to a court. If the matter is dealt with in court and you are found guilty, you may be fined up to $170 plus court costs and a criminal conviction may be recorded against you.

Why did I receive an apparent failure to vote notice?

You will receive a letter from the Australian Electoral Commission if according to our records you did not vote at a federal election. If you did vote, you should respond to the letter before the due date.

What is a valid and sufficient reason for not voting?

It is at the discretion of the Divisional Returning Officer for each electorate to determine what is a valid and sufficient reason for not voting.

What happens if my name cannot be found at the polling place?

If your name cannot be found on the certified list, you will be asked to spell your name or to print your name on a piece of paper and the certified list will be rechecked. You may also be asked if you could be on the roll for a different name (do you have a former name?). If your name still cannot be found, or your name on the list has been marked in some way, you will be directed to cast a .

There are a number of reasons why your name may not be on the certified list for the division:

  • your name may have been removed as a result of an electoral roll review.
  • you may be enrolled for an address in another division.
  • you are not 18 but have provisionally enrolled.
  • you applied for enrolment after the rolls had closed

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