ACT Election 2020

ACT Election 2020

Local Elections are often a confusing time. We’ve compiled a list of resources to help you out. 

FAQ's about the ACT Election

Due to COVID-19, anyone who is eligible to vote in the election is able to cast their vote early.

There will be 15 Early Voting Centres open across a three-week period (28/09/2020 to 16/10/2020). They will be open from 9am to 5pm, seven days a week, and from 9am to 8pm on Fridays. Election day voting will occur as usual on the 17/10/2020.

For those who are at a high risk of contracting COVID-19 or are in quarantine they are able to apply for a postal vote online or over the phone.

For those in a hospital setting, aged care facility or prison, postal voting options will be made available

Information for postal voting application and Early Voting Centres are below

https://www.elections.act.gov.au/elections_and_voting/2020_legislative_assembly_election/2020-postal-voting

https://www.elections.act.gov.au/elections_and_voting/2020_legislative_assembly_election/covid-19-and-the-2020-act-election

In order to vote in the ACT general election, your name must be on the electoral roll. You can check your enrolment at the link below. If your enrolment cannot be confirmed, but you have previously voted in an election, you may need to update your address, or ensure you are entering your full name

https://check.aec.gov.au/

If you are not already enrolled, you have until 6pm on Friday the 11th of September to do so,

https://www.aec.gov.au/enrol/

The Elections ACT website has a list of all accessible and non-accessible polling locations in the ACT. 

All polling places have a voting booth that allows for wheelchair users. 

There is an option for Electronic voting at early voting centres three weeks before the election. This allows voters who are visually impaired to vote independently and unassisted. 

If you are physically impaired, you can have a person you trust sign on your behalf. You will need to provide a doctor’s certificate stating you are unable to sign. 

You can also register to vote from home through postal voting or telephone voting.

More information can be found at this link https://www.elections.act.gov.au/__data/assets/pdf_file/0004/917131/Fact-sheet-enrolment-and-voting-for-people-with-a-disability-Final.pdf

Or you can phone (02) 6205 0033

If you forget to vote you will be sent a letter asking why you did not vote. If you have a valid reason you will not be fined.  If you do not have a valid reason you will be issued a $20.00 fine. If you do not pay the $20.00 fine you could be taken to court, where the penalty is $50 plus court costs. 

During the voting period, all voters from ACT including those heading overseas may cast their vote at any voting centres across Canberra from 28 September through to 17 October 2020. The voting centres will be open every day including weekends and public holidays.

From Saturday- Sunday: 9 am to 5 pm

Fridays: 9 am to 8 pm

I am already overseas

Due to the limited time frame during the voting period, it is not advisable for a postal vote for electors who are currently overseas. 

However, an individual can get access to an online electronic voting service which will be made available on the following website, before and during the election period.

https://www.elections.act.gov.au/elections_and_voting/2020_legislative_assembly_election/2020-going-overseas

It is important to consider that the overseas electronic voting service will operate only during the election period 9 am to 6 pm (AEDT) from 28th September- 17 October 2020 and the during this period voters must be in their overseas location. 

However, if an individual is unable to vote, they can complete and submit an Overseas notification form by clicking below:

https://formupload.aec.gov.au/Form?FormId=osn#indefinitely

Contact the AEC from overseas:  +61 2 6160 2600

Polling places:

The polling places used in current Act elections are listed below in alphabetical order along with the voting places and timings (including early access to voting) can also be accessed. 

 https://www.elections.act.gov.au/elections_and_voting/2020_legislative_assembly_election/polling-places-2020

There are five electorates in the Australian Capital Territory, with electorate boundaries following suburb boundaries. That implies that every suburb is entirely contained in a solitary electorate.  Kambah Suburb is an only exception to this rule in ACT.  To find out which electorate you belong to, Please visit the link below

https://www.elections.act.gov.au/electoral_boundaries/which_electorate_am_i_in

Due to current circumstances and restrictions measures all the voters are motivated to vote early.  From 28th of september – 17th october voting will be open everyday including weekends and public holidays. 

Saturday – thursday 9.00 a.m to 5.00 p.m

Friday 9.00 a.m- 8.00 p.m

For more information click the link below:- 

https://www.elections.act.gov.au/elections_and_voting/2020_legislative_assembly_election/2020-polling-places

Vote Safe. Vote Early

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