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Early voting opens Tuesday: City of Ryde (West Ward) by-election

Electors can vote early from this Tuesday, 4 October in the City of Ryde (West Ward) ahead of election day on Saturday, 15 October.

A pre-poll venue will be operating from 9am to 5pm from Tuesday, 4 October until Friday 14 October (excluding Sunday, 9 October), at:

  • Eastwood Community Baptist Church: 3 First Avenue, Eastwood NSW 2122

John Schmidt, NSW Electoral Commissioner, encourages people enrolled to vote in West Ward to plan how they will vote before election day.

“If you won’t be able to vote on election day – Saturday, 15 October – make sure you plan how you will vote well in advance.”

“All voters are eligible to vote in person during the early voting period and postal voting is available to those who meet certain eligibility criteria,” said Mr Schmidt.

“Postal voting applications are already open for eligible voters. Voters can check their eligibility on the NSW Electoral Commission website.”

Applications for postal voting close at 5pm, Monday 10 October. Voters must complete their postal vote certificate and ballot papers by 6pm on election day. Once completed, these must be returned in the reply paid envelope provided, and be received by the NSW Electoral Commission by 6pm, Friday 28 October.

Voters should return their postal pack as soon as possible to allow for Australia Post delivery periods.

Mr Schmidt encourages anyone unsure about whether they are required to vote in this election to check their enrolment status using the “Find my electorate” tool on the NSW Electoral Commission website.

“If you are enrolled as a resident in West Ward you will need to vote. Voting at this election is compulsory. If you are enrolled in East or Central Wards, you cannot vote,” said Mr Schmidt.

Voters can start planning when, where, and how they’ll vote using information available on the Ryde by-election page.

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