Voters have six days to enrol

by Chris Griffith
Written January 27 1996


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Voters have until Monday February 5th at 8pm, just six working days, to be correctly enrolled for the March 2nd Federal election, the Australian Electoral Commission warned yesterday.

The commission announced a voter hot-line on 13 23 26 which will operate from tomorrow (subs: Monday) to assist Queensland voters who wish to enrol, who wish to notify a change of address, or who need information on voting hours or voting methods.

The Australian Electoral Officer for Queensland, Mr Bob Longland, said over 2.09 million Queenslanders would be eligible to vote in 26 federal divisions.

"That's between 90,000 to 100,000 changes to enrolments in Queensland over the next six days," he said.

"There were 11.3 million electors on the rolls for the 1993 election, but the commission expects more than 11.5 million Australians to be enrolled to vote for the 1996 poll."

"Enrolment forms, together with pre-paid envelopes, are available from all AEC offices and from post offices."

He said every household would receive a booklet containing multilingual voting advice and maps in the last ten days before the poll. Polling booths would be listed in newspapers on Friday March 1st.

Mr Longland said the close of nominations for candidates was Friday February 9th at noon.

He said 350,000 Queenslanders would find themselves voting in a different seat because of a recent redistribution which created the new federal seat of Longman. The seats is named after Irene Longman, who in 1929 became the first woman to be elected to the Queensland Parliament.

Voters should be aware that in federal elections voters must allocate all their preferences, unlike in Queensland elections which use optional preferential voting, he said.

Enrolling and voting in federal elections is compulsory.