Early voting for the Federal Election is now open on the Gold Coast and the Tweed, for those who can’t make it to the polls on May 18.
There are more than 500 centres open across the country, with postal voting also available to eligible residents.
The number of Australians choosing to vote before the nominated day is on the rise, with 30 percent of voters having their say before the day last election.
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Gold Coast and Tweed residents are being encouraged to check the Australian Electoral Commission website for early voting locations.
Voters can also apply for postal votes through the website.
This election, with a record enrolment rate of 96.8 percent of Australians are registered to vote, the Australian Electoral Commissioner Mr Tom Rogers is encouraging all voters to have their say.
““We have the most complete electoral roll since federation and we’re providing a broad range of voting services but it is up to enrolled Australians to turnout to make sure they have their say.
“We moved swiftly on Wednesday evening to design, verify and then print ballot papers in time for voters to access early voting centres from today.
“We’re printing a total of around 52 million ballot papers and this has also kick-started the distribution of postal votes for people who have applied,” Mr Rogers said.