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Voting in the Australian Federal Election - 2 July 2016

30 May 2016 11:14 AM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

Voting in the Australian Federal Election - 2 July 2016

30 May 2016


The Australian Federal Election will be held on 2 July 2016. Australian citizens living in Japan who are enrolled to vote are able to cast their ballots in this election by either applying online for a postal vote or voting in person at an overseas voting centre.


Online Postal Vote Applications
Online applications for a postal vote (for those already registered to vote) are available on the Australian Electoral Commission (AEC) website here. Your application for a postal vote must be received by the AEC by 29 June 2016. If you lodge a postal vote, you are not required to attend in person at an overseas voting centre.


In-person voting at an Embassy or Consulate
If you are currently enrolled, you can vote in person at an overseas voting centre, commencing Monday 20 June 2016. In Japan, the overseas voting locations and opening times are:


Australian Embassy, Tokyo
Address: 2-1-14 Mita, Minato-ku, Tokyo
Opening hours:
Weekdays 9:30 - 17:00
Election Day 10:00 - 16:00


Australian Consulate-General, Osaka
Address: 16F Twin 21 MID Tower, 2-1-61 Shiromi, Chuo-ku, Osaka
Opening hours:
Weekdays 9:30 - 12:30, 13:30 - 17:00
Election Day 10:00 - 16:00


Australian Consulate-General, Fukuoka
Address: 7th Floor, Tenjin Twin Building, 1-6-8 Tenjin, Chuo-ku, Fukuoka
Opening hours:
Weekdays 9:30 - 12:30, 13:30 - 17:00 (by appointment only)
Election Day 10:00 - 16:00 (no appointment required)


Australian Consulate, Sapporo
Address: 17th Floor, Sapporo Centre Building, North 5, West 6-2, Chuo-ku, Sapporo
Opening hours:
Weekdays 9:30 - 12:30, 13:30 - 17:00 (by appointment only)
Election Day 10:00 - 16:00 (no appointment required)


If you intend to vote in-person at an Embassy or consulate, you must bring your current Australian passport as identification.


If you are unable to vote in this election, please fill out this form and return it to the Australian Electoral Commission.


Information for Representatives of Political Parties


Representatives of political parties will be permitted to hand out how-to-vote cards under the covered area between the Embassy guard house and the main entrance. In addition, please also note the following:

 

Party worker

A person who hands out how to vote cards to voters as they enter the polling place. Party workers are not permitted within six metres of the polling place, except to cast their own vote. They must not obstruct voters from entering the polling venue.

 

Party workers may enter the polling place only once, to record their vote. An exception is made if a voter who needs help nominates a party worker to assist them.

 

Party workers asked to assist voters must remove any political badges they are wearing and cover any political logos on clothing etc. before entering the polling place.



If you have any further questions, contact either the ANZCCJ at info@anzccj.jp or by calling us on 03-6234-9350. To check whether you are enrolled to vote or not, please contact the Australian Electoral Commission (AEC) via their online enquiry form, or by calling +61 2 6160 2600.


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