Federal election 2022: Pre-poll votes, polling booth locations

FEDERAL ELECTION Pre-poll voting and booth locations in the northern beaches. Picture: File
FEDERAL ELECTION Pre-poll voting and booth locations in the northern beaches. Picture: File

PRE-POLL voting for the upcoming federal election commences on Monday, May 9, with four northern beaches locations available to cast your vote early.

The two-week early voting period runs alongside postal votes which are already open.

The federal election is on Saturday, May 21, but you can vote early at the following locations:

  • Brookvale - Brookvale Community Health Centre, 612 Pittwater Road
  • Manly - St Matthews Anglican Church, 1 Darley Road
  • Terrey Hills - Terrey Hills Community Centre, Yulong Avenue
  • Warriewood - Nelson Heather Centre, 4 Jacksons Road

Hours vary at each location. The Warriewood and Brookvale centres are also open on election day.

The northern beaches is divided into two electorates for the federal election - Mackellar and Warringah.

In Mackellar Liberal MP Jason Falinski is the incumbent, in Warringah the incumbent is independent Zali Steggall.

Find out which electorate you're in by visiting the Australian Electoral Commission (AEC).

Postal voting

Postal votes are open, but the AEC has issued a warning that any voter who needs a postal vote should come to the AEC directly.

Last month, AEC commissioner Tom Rogers wrote to political parties and candidates across Australia about their distribution of postal vote applications.

"It's legal but it is potentially misleading and we're concerned," he said.

Mr Rogers said in one division the wrong forms were distributed; the AEC's purple colour was used in a potentially misleading way in another division; and voters have been directed to generically named websites which he said has the potential to mislead.

"Political parties send postal vote applications to residents every election, but the increased variation of channels and wording this election, combined with the environment, is of concern," he said.

"Our message couldn't be clearer - vote in person if you can, apply for a postal vote through us if you need one."

Apply for a postal vote through the AEC website.

AEC mobile voting

Mobile polling teams visit many voters who are not able to get to a polling place. Mobile polling teams will visit some residential care facilities and remote areas of Australia. Mobile polling is carried out around Australia during the election period.

Telephone voting

Legislation was passed in early 2022 to allow for COVID-affected voters to cast a telephone vote. Up until the Wednesday before election day, COVID-affected Australians can apply for a postal vote.

Telephone voting for people with COVID-19 will be an emergency measure for the final three voting days only. Further information will be provided prior to the voting period.

Voting on election day

Polling booths will be open from 8am until 6pm.

Voting is compulsory. The fine for not voting is $20.

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