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Australian elections

For general information on Australian elections, enrolment and voting while overseas, visit the Australian Electoral Commission (AEC) website: https://www.aec.gov.au, or contact the AEC by calling +61 2 6160 2600 or emailing info@aec.gov.au. You can also follow the AEC's Twitter account: @AusElectoralCom.
 

2020 ACT Legislative Assembly election

An ACT Legislative Assembly election will be held on 17 October 2020.

Voting will be available to eligible ACT electors, including those overseas at the time, from 9am on 28 September 2020 until 6pm on 17 October 2020 (AEDT).

Enrolment

The ACT electoral roll is maintained by the Australian Electoral Commission (AEC) and enrolment provisions for the ACT are essentially the same as for Federal elections.

If you are NOT already enrolled and you are eligible, you can still enrol. Recent legislative change means that although people can no longer update their existing enrolment, eligible persons who are yet to enrol in the ACT can do so right up to, and on, the final day of voting.

It is now too late to update your details for this election. You can still update your details but the changes will not be applied to the ACT electoral roll until after the close of voting on 17 October 2020.

For further information regarding your enrolment or eligibility to vote, visit https://www.elections.act.gov.au/electoral_enrolment/faq_-_enrolment or contact Elections ACT via email (elections@act.gov.au) or telephone (+61 2 6205 0033).

Overseas Voting

** In-person voting will NOT be available at the Embassy, Australian Consulates-General or Honorary Consulates in the United States **

Due to disruptions and delays to international postage and the time required for postal votes to be sent to international locations, completed on or before 17 October 2020 and returned to Elections ACT prior to the cut-off for being counted (23 October 2020), postal voting is NOT recommended for electors overseas.

Instead, Elections ACT is encouraging electors overseas to vote electronically via its overseas electronic voting (e-voting) option.

To be eligible to use the e-voting service, electors must be in an overseas location at the time of voting.

A link to the overseas e-voting service will be made available at https://www.elections.act.gov.au/elections_and_voting/2020_legislative_assembly_election/2020-going-overseas during the voting period, ie. from 9am on 28 September 2020 until 6pm on 17 October 2020 (AEDT). The service will be operational only during that time.

** Note: voting by Australians who are overseas at the time of the elections is NOT compulsory **

Additional Information

Further information related to being overseas at election time is available on the Elections ACT website: https://www.elections.act.gov.au/election_and_voting/2020_legislative_assembly_election/2020-going-overseas, or by contacting Elections ACT via email (elections@act.gov.au) or telephone (+61 2 6205 0033).
 

2020 Queensland state election

A general election will be held in Queensland on 31 October 2020.

Voting will be available to eligible electors, including those overseas at the time, from Monday 19 October 2020 until election day.

Enrolment

For  information regarding your enrolment or eligibility to vote, visit the Electoral Commission Queensland (ECQ) website: https://www.ecq.qld.gov.au/enrol-to-vote/enrol-or-update-your-enrolment, or contact the ECQ via email (ecq@ecq.qld.gov.au) or telephone (+61 7 3035 8103).

Overseas Voting

** In-person voting will NOT be available at the Embassy, Australian Consulates-General or Honorary Consulates in the United States **

If you are overseas at election time, you will be eligible to vote by phone. International call charges will apply.

To register to vote by phone, call +61 7 3035 8107 and selection Option 1. You will be asked to verify yourself on the electoral roll. After registering, call +61 7 3035 8107 an select Option 2 to cast your vote.

For further information, including details on registering and voting times, refer to the ECQ's Telephone voting for overseas electors fact sheet.

** Note: voting by Australians who are overseas at the time of the elections is NOT compulsory **

Additional Information

Further information is available on the ECQ website: https://www.ecq.qld.gov.au/elections/election-events/2020-state-general-election, or by contacting the ECQ via email (ecq@ecq.qld.gov.au) or telephone (+61 7 3035 8103).
 

2020 Victorian local council elections

Local council elections will be held in Victoria in October 2020. All councils will have elections except Casey City Council, South Gippsland Shire Council and Whittlesea City Council.

Enrolment

It is now too late to enrol or update your details for these elections. However, you can still enrol to vote in future federal, state and local elections.

For information regarding your enrolment or eligibility to vote, visit the Victorian Electoral Commission (VEC) website: https://www.vec.vic.gov.au/enrolment, or contact the VEC via email (info@vec.vic.gov.au) or telephone (+61 3 8620 1100).

Overseas Voting

** In-person voting will NOT be available at the Embassy, Australian Consulates-General or Honorary Consulates in the United States **

Voting in these elections will be by post only.

Ballot packs will be mailed to enrolled voters between 6 and 8 October 2020. To be counted, completed votes must be in the mail or hand-delivered to your election office in Victoria before 6pm on Friday 23 October (AEDT).

** Completed votes CANNOT be returned to the Embassy, Australian Consulates-General or Honorary Consulates in the United States **

You can request to have your ballot pack sent to a different address if you will be away or your mailing address has changed since the rolls closed (28 August 2020). Details on how to request a replacement ballot pack will be available at https://www.vec.vic.gov.au/voting/2020-local-council-election/how-to-vote from 6 October 2020.

If you are or will be overseas and will not be able to receive mail, you can notify the VEC by completing an Away from Victoria notification form. You can also notify the VEC via the Check my enrolment tool on its website. 

** Note: voting by Australians who are overseas at the time of the elections is NOT compulsory **

Additional Information

Further information is available on the VEC website: https://www.vec.vic.gov.au/voting/2020-local-council-election, or by contacting the VEC via email (info@vec.vic.gov.au) or telephone (+61 3 8620 1100).