Election 2016: Key dates for voters

WITH the federal election date now set, there are a few things for voters to remember before they head to the polls on July 2. 

First time voters must enroll to vote by 8pm next Monday, May 23.

This includes 17 year olds turning 18 on or before July 2.

If you haven't yet enrolled to vote you must ensure you have enrolled by 8pm on May 23.

Electoral Commissioner Tom Rogers said all Australian citizens aged 18 years and over are required by law to enrol and vote in the federal election.

"Enrolling and voting is compulsory - if you are not enrolled, you can't vote in the 2016 federal election," Mr Rogers said.

"You can enrol conveniently online at aec.gov.au on your computer, tablet or smartphone."

Voters are also urged to check their enrollment details before election day is your details.

Mr Rogers urged all Australians, especially those who have moved in the last three years, ensure their details were up to date on the electoral roll.

"If you're not sure that you are correctly enrolled to vote, go to aec.gov.au/check or, if you need help, call us on 13<TH>23<TH>26," he said.

"If you're on on the roll but moved since the last election, or changed your name, you need to update your enrolment details online at aec.gov.au"

Those unable to go online can pick up a paper enrolment form at any AEC office or Australia Post outlet.

The Electoral Commission of Queensland has issued a warning about illegitimate postal voting application forms being delivered within the Maranoa electorate that are not from the AEC.

The envelopes have a post office box return address in Archerfield, Brisbane and it has been suggested the letters have been distributed by a political party.

The law allows for postal vote applications to be part of candidate and political party election campaign material, so political parties and candidates are able to send postal vote applications to you.

You do not have to accept or use the postal vote application sent to you by a candidate or political party.

The correct address for the AEC Maranoa office is Reply Paid Box 529, Dalby Qld 4405 or AEC Reply Paid 9867 Brisbane Qld.

Go to aec.gov.au for more information on postal vote applications.

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