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    Young Voters

    You’ve just turned 18. You’ve finished school, maybe got your driver licence, are now allowed to have a drink or two (although not while driving on your L or P plates!), and can even get married, if you want! Becoming an adult comes with a lot of exciting freedoms and responsibilities. Voting falls into both categories and, just like everything else about becoming an adult, voting can feel overwhelming. This page will help you feel more at ease and informed as you prepare to cast your first ballot paper. 

    What to expect when voting for the first time

    Voting looks different for everyone. You may choose to vote at your local voting centre on Election Day, at an Early Voting Centre, or you might need to complete a postal vote. 

    If you vote in person, you should expect to wait in a line (not for too long!) to get your name marked off the electoral roll. When you get to the front of the line, you’ll be asked three questions: your name, your address, and if you have voted in this election before. You must answer these questions honestly. If you don’t feel comfortable speaking, you can show your ID card to provide your name and address. 

    Once you’ve answered these questions, you will be given your ballot papers and told how to fill them out. If you have any questions, you can always ask the election officials for help. After getting your ballot papers, you’ll be directed to a voting screen where you can vote in private. If you make a mistake, take your ballot papers back to the election official and swap them for a new one. Once you’ve filled in your ballot paper(s), take it to the ballot box and place it in the correctly labelled  box. Now, you’re free to go home and buy a democracy sausage on the way! 


    The right to vote is an important part of our democracy. To vote in Australian elections, you must enrol to place your name on the electoral roll. By completing a ballot paper during an election you are choosing a person to represent you in Parliament. Through them, you get to have a say on the laws and decisions that the government makes and which impact your everyday life.

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