Eligible voters must check that they are enrolled.
Eligible voters must check that they are enrolled. Melanie Keyte

Eligible voters told to check they are enrolled for election

WITH the announcement of the Federal Election, Australians must act now to ensure they are enrolled before the deadline of 8pm on April 18.

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

"Enrolling and voting is compulsory,” Mr Rogers said. "If you are not enrolled, you can't vote in the 2019 Federal Election.”

"Australians must also update their address details on the electoral roll if they have moved, or changed their name. If they're not sure of their current status - check online via the AEC website or call the Electoral Commission on 13 23 26.

"A record 96.5 per cent of eligible Australians are currently enrolled, which is an extraordinary achievement,” Mr Rogers said.

"At the same time, there are still people who remain unenrolled who need to take action before the deadline.”

The best and quickest way to enrol or update your details is to visit www.aec.gov.au.

Australians unable to go online can pick up a paper enrolment form at any AEC office or Australia Post, but correctly completed applications must be returned to the AEC by the 8pm April 18 close of rolls deadline.

Seventeen-year-old Australians turning eighteen years of age on or before May 18 should also enrol and vote in the federal election.

Early voting starts on Monday, April 29.

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