Pre-poll and beat the rush

Pre-poll voting continues at five different locations across the Newcastle area this week. Residents of any of Newcastle’s four wards can vote at any of the pre-poll locations. The pre-poll venue handiest to most Ward 3 residents is at 8/57 Crescent Rd Waratah. It will be open from 9am to 5pm daily until Friday 3 December.

Others pre-poll venues are at Brunker Rd Adamstown, Hanbury St Mayfield, King St Newcastle and Wallsend Library. Full details can be found at https://www.elections.nsw.gov.au/Elections/Find-my-electorate/Councils/Newcastle/Ward-3/

Voters are encouraged to check their voting options for the NSW Local Government elections with all voters now eligible to vote before election day and expanded eligibility for postal voting.

John Schmidt, NSW Electoral Commissioner said that in response to COVID-19 all voters are able to vote early in person, postal voting eligibility has been expanded and for voters meeting strict eligibility criteria, iVote, the Commission’s technology-assisted online and telephone voting platform will be available at local council elections for the first time.

“Local Government elections will be held on 4 December but there are also several ways voters can get their vote in ahead of that date. Voter safety is paramount, as is ensuring every eligible elector in NSW has a chance to have their voice heard.

“For the first time all voters are eligible to vote in person at any time during the two-week pre-poll voting period Early voting venues are listed on our website,” he said.

Recent amendments to the Local Government Act 1993 and Local Government (General) Regulation 2021 also mean that voters will have a longer period in which to apply for, receive and return postal voting packs. Postal vote applications close at 5pm on Monday 29 November.

All polling places are being run in line with COVID-safe election guidelines including physical distancing, mask wearing, single-use pens and queue management. Signage and staff will direct voters to check in and comply with NSW Health advice.

Voters are encouraged to visit elections.nsw.gov.au for the most up-to-date information and keep up to date with the latest NSW Health advice.

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