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Can’t get to a polling place on 15 October?

HerCanberra Team

We’re just weeks out from the ACT election and it’s time to get ready.

You can choose from 81 polling places across the ACT on Saturday 15 October, each open from 9 am to 6 pm, but if for some reason you can’t get to one, don’t stress – you have options!

Remember, voting is compulsory, so it’s important to make your vote count. Here’s how.

Vote early

Pre-poll voting centres will be open from 9am to 5pm from Tuesday 27 September each weekday (except the public holiday, Monday 3 October) and on Saturday 8 October; and from 9am to 8pm on Friday 14 October.

Here’s where to find one:


Belconnen Community Centre, Swanson Court


Pilgrim House, 69 Northbourne Avenue

Eclipse House, 197 London Circuit


Gungahlin Library, Hibberson Street


Salvation Army Hall, Corner of Anketell Street & Reed Street North (opposite the Hyperdome)


Callam Offices, 58 Easty Street

Learn more about pre-poll voting here.

Vote by post

Can’t get to a pre-poll voting centre or polling place? No dramas. You can apply for a postal vote:

  • online at elections.act.gov.au
  • by calling Elections ACT on (02) 6205 0033
  • by completing an application form available at any ACT Post Office, or ACT electoral office.

When applying for a postal vote, it is important to apply as early as you can to ensure your ballot papers reach you on time.

Find out more about postal votes here.

Out of options?

If you are unable to make it to a pre-poll voting centre and a postal vote does not suit your circumstances, it is important that you contact Elections ACT before polling day to let them know you will not be able to vote.  If you have a valid and sufficient reason for failing to vote, you won’t be fined.

Need to know more?

For more information, visit www.elections.act.gov.au or look for the Election Guide in your letterbox soon.


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