26 September 2023

Electoral Commission ready for early voters

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South Australians wanting to cast their election ballots early have until 6pm Friday (18 March) to go to one of the Electoral Commission’s early voting centres.

According to the Electoral Commission of South Australia (ECSA), 37 early voting centres are open across South Australia, interstate capital cities and at some overseas locations, but were subject to change pending COVID-19 restrictions.

ECSA said early voting centres were open from 9am to 6pm daily with extended hours available on Thursday evenings until 8pm.

“If you are unable to attend a polling booth between 8am and 6pm on Saturday 19 March, you may be eligible to vote at an early voting centre,” the Commission said.

It said voters were eligible to attend an early voting centre if, on polling day, they were:

* More than 8 km from a polling booth;

* Travelling;

* Ill, infirm or disabled;

* Caring for someone who was ill, infirm or disabled;

* Due to give birth shortly;

* Had religious beliefs preventing attendance at a polling booth;

* Working and unable to leave the workplace to vote;

* A resident of a declared institution being a hospital, convalescent home, nursing home, home for the aged, hostel for the aged or infirm, prison or other place of confinement; or

* Had their address suppressed on the electoral roll (a silent elector).

The Electoral Commission reminded voters to wear a mask and bring their EasyVote Card and a pen or pencil.

It said if voters were unable to attend an early voting centre or a polling booth on polling day they may be eligible to apply for a postal vote.

ECSA also encouraged voters to download the State Election app as “a convenient way to find all the information you need to vote”.

Locations for early voting centres can be accessed at this PS News link, information on the State Election app at this link, and details about postal voting at this link.

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