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Going away? Vote today

June 17, 2016

Australians can start voting in the federal election after pre-poll voting centres opened their doors thisweek.

Voters can visit one of these centres, or apply to cast a postal vote. If recent federal election trends continue, over four million people may have their say before the actual 2 July election.

This year is the first full federal election where voters wanting to pre-poll will be asked whether they are entitled to do so.

Many TWU (Vic/Tas Branch) members take a well-earned holiday from work when their kids are on school holidays.

School holidays between terms 2 and 3 this year fall between Saturday, 25 June and Sunday, 10 July.

So if you are going to get away – do not forget to vote early. In an election this close YOU SHOULD MAKE YOUR VOTE COUNT.

Visit theAustralian Electoral Commission website for further information on how to ensure you have a say on election day.

Voters are eligible to vote early if they:

·         are outside the electorate where you are enrolled to vote

·         are more than 8km from a polling place

·         are travelling

·         are unable to leave their workplace to vote

·         are seriously ill, infirm or due to give birth shortly (or caring for someone who is)

·         are a patient in hospital and can’t vote at the hospital

·         have religious beliefs that prevent them from attending a polling place

·         are in prison serving a sentence of less than three years or otherwise detained

·         are a silent elector

·         have a reasonable fear for their safety.

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