Early voting for the 2017 Bennelong by-election is underway today for eligible voters who will be unable to attend a polling place on by-election day, Saturday 16 December.
The Australian Electoral Officer for New South Wales, Warwick Austin said there were clear qualifications for entitled electors to have an early vote, either at an early voting centre or by having a postal vote.
“If you are unable to attend any of the 35 polling places open in the federal electoral Division of Bennelong on Saturday 16 December, you can vote early.” Mr Austin said.
“However, taking the opportunity to have an early vote purely out of convenience or personal preference is not a valid reason under the Electoral Act.”
Bennelong voters who are travelling can vote early at any AEC divisional office across Australia.
Alternatively, eligible voters can apply for a postal vote. If postal voting is your only option, you should apply immediately.
Visit the Bennelong by-election page for further details on early voting options, or call the AEC on 13 23 26.