Return your postal vote as soon as possible
FRASER Coast residents casting a postal vote the federal election are being urged to return their completed ballot papers to the Australian Electoral Commission as soon as possible.
Electoral Commissioner Ed Killesteyn said postal voters should complete their ballot papers, sign the envelope and have it witnessed, and mail it before election day, Saturday, September 7.
"Both your House of Representatives and Senate ballot papers must be returned sealed inside the provided blue envelope to the AEC for your vote to count," Mr Killesteyn said.
"At the end of last week we had processed more than 1.2 million postal vote applications, but so far the AEC has only received 472,000 completed postal votes back from electors.
"Clearly many postal voters need to act now and not miss out."
Mr Killesteyn urged any other people needing to vote before election day to check if they could go to any of the early voting centres because that was easier than applying and waiting for a postal vote.
Locals can vote early in person at the Sarina Russo Building at 15 Torquay Rd in Pialba, at the AEC office at 267 Alice St in Maryborough or at Eurong Beach Resort or Kingfisher Bay Resort & Village on Fraser Island.
The opening hours of early voting centres are available at www.aec.gov.au/where or by phoning 132 326.
While applications for postal votes may be lodged with the AEC until 6pm on Thursday, Mr Killesteyn cautioned that time was running out.
"If you need a postal vote, don't leave it to the very last minute and risk missing out," he said.
"It's likely that for some locations it could already be too late for the AEC to get ballot papers to you, despite our best efforts, and you may need to consider the option of a pre-poll vote in person rather than postal voting.
"If voting by post is your only option, you can complete a postal vote application form online at www.aec.gov.au, pick up a form at any Australia Post outlet or AEC office, or call 132 326 to have an application form sent to you.
Voters are eligible for an early vote if on election day they will be outside their electorate, are more than 8km from a polling place, approaching childbirth, seriously ill or caring for someone who is or unable to attend a polling place due to religious beliefs, fear for personal safety, disability or work commitments.