New citizens - 2020 Eden-Monaro by-election

Updated: 25 May 2020

Information for Eden-Monaro residents becoming citizens after the announcement of the by-election

There are special arrangements in place for people who will become Australian citizens after the announcement of this by-election that allow them to become provisional electors.

These arrangements apply only to people becoming Australian citizens who are living in the division of Eden-Monaro in New South Wales.

You are eligible to apply for provisional enrolment if you:

  • have been notified by the Department of Immigration and Border Protection that you will become an Australian citizen between the date of the issue of the writ for the by-election, Thursday 28 May 2020, and by-election day, Saturday 4 July 2020
  • are not enrolled
  • are not qualified for enrolment, but would be if you were an Australian citizen.

How do I enrol?

A provisional electoral enrolment for potential new citizens form is available to complete. This form is fillable on screen and must be printed, signed and returned to the AEC.

With your completed form, you must provide evidence that the Department of Immigration and Border Protection has notified you of the date of your citizenship ceremony.

You have two ways to do this:

  • show the original notification to an AEC employee who will make a note on your enrolment form to say that they have seen the original document

    OR

  • show the original or a copy of the notification to an authorised person who will sign your form to say that they have seen your notification. A list of authorised people who can sign your form is listed on the form.

Once you have completed the form and had it signed by either an AEC employee or an authorised person, you must return it to AEC before the close of rolls deadline – 8pm local time Thursday 4 June 2020.

How do I vote at a polling place?

Because your citizenship had not been confirmed at the time the by-election was announced, your name will not be on the electoral roll at the polling place. Instead, when you visit a polling place, you will be issued with a provisional vote – this involves completing a declaration vote envelope and lodging your ballot papers in that envelope.

Your vote will not be counted until you show evidence of your Australian citizenship to the AEC. You can do this at the polling place by showing your citizenship certificate to a polling official.

If you do not show evidence of your citizenship at the polling place, you must send it to AEC by the first Friday following election day – Friday 10 July 2020.

If you do not provide your citizenship certificate by this day, your vote will not be counted and your provisional enrolment will be cancelled. You will then need to complete an ordinary enrolment application so your name is included on future electoral rolls.

Remember, once you become an Australian citizen it is compulsory to enrol and vote. Every time you move, you will need to fill out a new enrolment application.

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