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NSW encouraged to vote early

Voters are encouraged to check their voting options for the NSW Local Government elections with all voters now eligible to vote before election day and expanded eligibility for postal voting.

John Schmidt, NSW Electoral Commissioner said that in response to COVID-19 all voters are able to vote early in person, postal voting eligibility has been expanded and for voters meeting strict eligibility criteria, iVote, the Commission’s technology-assisted online and telephone voting platform will be available at local council elections for the first time.

“Local Government elections will be held on 4 December but there are also several ways voters can get their vote in ahead of that date. Voter safety is paramount, as is ensuring every eligible elector in NSW has a chance to have their voice heard.

“For the first time all voters are eligible to vote in person at any time during the two-week voting period when a polling place is open. Early voting venues are listed on our website,” he said.

Recent amendments to the Local Government Act 1993 and Local Government (General) Regulation 2021 mean that voters will have a longer period in which to apply for, receive and return postal voting packs.

Postal vote applications are open from today, Tuesday 26 October, and postal votes must be received by 6pm, 17 December.

All polling places will be run in line with COVID-safe election guidelines including physical distancing, mask wearing, single-use pens and queue management. Signage and staff will direct voters to check in and comply with NSW Health advice.

Voters are encouraged to visit elections.nsw.gov.au for the most up-to-date information and keep up to date with the latest NSW Health advice. Key dates for this election are available.

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