All you need to know about voting in the upcoming Federal Election

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All you need to know about voting in the upcoming Federal Election
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Published 11 May 2022

The 2022 Federal Election is taking place on Saturday 21 May 2022.

There are almost 97 per cent of eligible Australians enrolled to vote on election day.

There are a number of different ways that you can cast your vote.

1) On election day (Saturday 21 May), in person

There are many polling stations set up at local schools, churches, community halls and public buildings within the Woollahra Council area. Voting opens at 8am on election day and closes at 6pm.

Search for a polling station near you.

The AEC website details the process of voting at a polling place on election day so you know what to expect. Find out more here.

2) Postal votes

“Australian elections are in-person, community events held once every three years (where) the country comes together in a transparent and secure environment to have their say,” said Electoral Commissioner Tom Rogers.

“If you can vote on election day then that’s what you should do. However, if your circumstances might prevent you from doing that then you need to think about the early voting options available, and vote according to your circumstances," said Mr Rogers.

Voters are eligible for early voting, either in-person or by post, if on election day you:

  • are outside the electorate where you are enrolled to vote
  • are more than 8km from a polling place
  • are travelling
  • are unable to leave your workplace to vote
  • are seriously ill, infirm, or due to give birth shortly (or caring for someone who is)
  • are a patient in hospital and can't vote at the hospital
  • have religious beliefs that prevent you from attending a polling place
  • are in prison serving a sentence of less than three years or otherwise detained
  • are a silent elector
  • have a reasonable fear for your safety.

If voters wish to cast a postal vote, voters are able to request a postal ballot from the AEC website or from AEC offices before Wednesday 18 May.

3) Early voting, in person

The two-week early voting period has now started.

“There will be plenty of voting options available  throughout the two week early voting period for people who can’t make it on  election day,” said Electoral Commissioner Tom Rogers.

“Approximately 550 early voting centres will be in operation across Australia during the two-week early voting period with many people who have applied for a postal vote are already receiving their ballot papers in the mail,” said Mr  Rogers.

Mr Rogers warned that like every other frontline industry and service, the delivery of the election is being affected by COVID and despite all of our planning and best efforts our frontline services, such as our early voting centres, can be impacted at short notice.

“We’re engaging and training more staff than ever before to deliver an election in challenging circumstances, which includes COVID safety measures and labour market shortages,” Mr Rogers said.

Search for an early voting station near you.

How to vote

During the voting process, you will cast a vote for:

  • House of Represenatives (Voters in each electoral division elect one person to represent them in the House of Representatives


  • Senate (Each state has twelve Senate positions with six year terms and each territory has two Senate positions with three year terms.)

The AEC website has a practice voting section which contains tools that have been developed to explain the easiest way to make sure your vote will count in federal election events. They are interactive with easy to follow instructions on how to complete your ballot papers correctly.

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