Election day is almost upon us – so to conclude our voting series, Woroni has collated all the information you need to vote this election day.

Where can I vote?

Polling places across Australia are open from 8am to 6pm local time for electors to cast their ballot on election day, this Saturday the 21st of May. Below is a list of polling places close to the ANU, with information on types of voting accepted at these booths, and accessibility provisions available to students with disabilities. 

Please note, if you are voting interstate (enrolled to vote outside of the ACT but attending an ACT polling booth), you must attend one of the booths that accepts interstate votes:

Pilgrim House

Uniting Church, 69 Northbourne Ave, City ACT 2601

Accessibility info here

11 Moore St

11 Moore St, Canberra ACT 2601

Accepts interstate voting

Accessibility info here

Turner Primary School

32 Condamine St, Turner ACT 2612

Accessibility info here

Ainslie School

Donaldson St, Braddon ACT 2612

Accessibility info here

Lyneham High School

61 Goodwin St, Lyneham ACT 2602

Accessibility info here

Old Parliament House

18 King George Tce, Parkes ACT 2600

Accepts interstate voting

Accessibility info here

Lyneham Primary School

68 Brigalow St, Lyneham ACT 2602

Accessibility info here

North Ainslie Primary School

136 Majura Ave, Ainslie ACT 2602

Accessibility info here

The map below shows locations:

Image credit: Credit: https://www.aec.gov.au/election/voting.htm?division=Canberra&state=ACT&suburb=Acton&selection=electionDay&votenow=no&interstate=no&where=Acton%2C+ACT+2601&postcode=2601#mapAll

How do I vote?

Voters in the Australian federal election must complete two ballots – a Green House of Representatives ballot, and a White Senate ballot. When you arrive at a polling place, an AEC voting assistant will ask for your name and address, and will provide you with both of these ballots.

House of Representatives

This ballot is for the election of a local member, who represents your electorate in the House of Representatives. To cast a valid vote, electors must number every box, starting at one for the candidate you most prefer. 

Senate

This ballot is for the election of state or territory Senators, who represent your entire state/territory in the Senate. To cast a valid vote, electors must either number six boxes above the line, or 12 boxes below the line, starting at one for the candidate you most prefer. 

Note: For more information on how Senate voting works, see our article here.

Where can I get a democracy sausage?

Many polling places offer snacks to reward you for exercising your democratic rights  – for info on sausage sizzle locations, check out www.democracysausage.org.

I have COVID-19 or am isolating, and haven’t early voted – what can I do?

If you have tested positive to COVID-19 after 6pm Tuesday the 17th of May, you are still able to vote on election day via telephone voting. To request a telephone voting option, voters must register as a COVID-affected elector, by completing this online form any time from 6pm, 18th May until 4pm, 21st May.

 The AEC requests you provide details of your positive result, whether it be via RAT or PCR, with specific requirements found here. This online form will also provide you with a telephone voting number and 6-digit PIN to provide over the phone, as an alternative to providing your name and electoral details, to ensure your vote remains secret.

Once this process is complete, you can call 1800 413 960 during the following times:

  • Thursday 19 May 2022 8.30am to 5.30pm local time
  • Friday 20 May 2022 8.30am to 6pm local time
  • Election day Saturday 21 May 2022 8am to 6pm local time

The AEC recommends that you view the layout of your electorate’s ballot papers online, prepare your preferences, and view your electorate’s ballot on a device while telephone voting to ensure you communicate your preferences effectively.