Election called with enrolling deadline now approaching

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THE federal election has been announced and Australians must act now to ensure they are enrolled before the deadline of 8pm on April 18, 2019.

All Australian citizens aged 18 years and over are required by law to enrol and vote in the May 18 federal election.

Electoral commissioner, Tom Rogers said, “Enrolling and voting is compulsory. If you are not enrolled, you can’t vote in the 2019 federal election.

“Australians must also update their address details on the electoral roll if they have moved, or changed their name. If they’re not sure of their current status – check online via the Australian Electoral Commission (AEC) website or call us on 13 23 26.

“A record 96.5 percent of eligible Australians are currently enrolled, which is an extraordinary achievement. At the same time, there are still people who remain unenrolled who need to take action before the deadline of 8pm this Thursday, April 18.”

The best and quickest way to enrol or update your details is to visit www.aec.gov.au

Australians unable to go online can pick up a paper enrolment form at any AEC office or Australia Post, however, correctly completed applications must be returned to the AEC by the 8pm April 18 close of rolls deadline.

 KEY DATES FOR THE 2019 FEDERAL ELECTION

  Issue of writs – Thursday, April 11, 2019
  Close of rolls – 8pm on Thursday, April 18, 2019
  Close of candidate nominations – Midday Tuesday, April 23, 2019
  Declaration of candidate nominations – Midday Wednesday, April 24, 2019
  Early voting starts – Monday, April 29, 2019
  Election day – Saturday, May 18, 2019
  Return of writs – on or before Friday, June 28, 2019