An ordinary vote is a vote cast by an elector at a polling place or at an early voting centre within the division for which they are enrolled. This is the simplest way to vote and the method used by the majority of electors.
An absent vote is a vote cast by an elector out of their home division but still within their home state or territory on election day.
You can vote early either in person or by post if on election day you:
You can vote in person at an early voting centre or any AEC divisional office in the weeks leading to an election.
After an election is announced, you can apply for a postal vote online, or complete a postal vote application form.
An interstate vote can be cast on election day at interstate voting centres by electors who are not in their home state or territory.
For federal elections, electors who are overseas can vote in person at an overseas voting centre (most Australian embassies or missions) or by post.
In person voting will be available at 13 overseas voting centres for the 2014 WA Senate election.
A provisional vote is cast in circumstances where an elector's name cannot be found on the roll or the name has already been marked off the roll. The vote cannot be counted until a careful check of enrolment records and entitlements has been made.
Electors making an absent, postal, early (not in own division), interstate or provisional vote must complete a declaration envelope giving their personal details. This will be checked by divisional staff before the votes are counted.
AEC mobile polling teams visit many electors who are not able to get to a polling place. Mobile polling facilities are set up in some hospitals, nursing homes, prisons and remote areas of Australia. Mobile polling is carried out around Australia prior to election day and on election day.
Voters who are blind or have low vision have the options of: