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How will you vote on December 4th?

Voting in person on Election Day is one of the great Aussie traditions. We take pride in having our say at the polls - and the democracy sausage afterwards always adds a taste of celebration to the day.

But this year, the continuing pandemic means many people are considering other ways of casting their vote.

There are three options: online voting, voting by post, or voting in person before election day.

The rules may change between now and the election, but currently, anyone enrolled to vote in the City of Sydney can vote early or by post, but not everyone will be eligible to vote online.

 

First things first: check you are enrolled to vote

Individuals can check their enrolment at the AEC, and non-residents and businesses - which get two votes - should check with the City of Sydney by email or by phone: 1800 101 667.  If you're not enrolled, do so now! Businesses and non-residents must enrol before September 27th here.

 

Online voting (iVote)

This has been the most commonly requested option - but right now, most of us won't be eligible. Currently, only some voters are permitted to use iVote including:

  • People who won't be in the City of Sydney on Election Day,
  • Silent electors,
  • Voters who applied for a postal vote but didn't receive it in time, and
  • People unable to vote without assistance, and blind or low vision voters.

This will suit non-resident and business voters, but most voters living in the City of Sydney won't be able to vote online.

We will, of course, let you know if any of this changes (click here to sign up). You can also keep an eye on the official eligibility criteria.

Applications for iVote open on Monday, 22nd of November, and if eligible, you will be able to vote immediately. You must submit your online vote before the polls close at 6pm on December 4th.

 

Postal voting

Everyone enrolled to vote in Sydney - whether resident or non-resident, is eligible to vote by post. But to do so, you must fill in an application.

You can apply for a postal ballot from October 26th.

The NSW Electoral Commission will then send you a voting pack, which you need to return before December 17th. The official information is here.

 

Early voting (pre-poll)

Early voting means just that: voting in-person at a polling station before Election Day.

Anyone enrolled to vote will be able vote at one of these stations - just turn up and vote.

The NSW Electoral Commission will open a number of pre-poll stations on Monday November 22nd. The final locations haven't been announced yet but we will email you when they are. The current info is available here.

 

We can help you navigate these options.

We will send out email notifications as the different deadlines approach, and can help with completing the forms - simply sign up here and we will keep you updated.


Remember, it's compulsory to register, and also to vote in this election.