Voting in person will open tomorrow across the Newcastle Local Government Area and voters are encouraged to take advantage of early voting options ahead of the local council elections on Saturday, 4 December 2021.
John Schmidt, NSW Electoral Commissioner, said applications for postal voting were already open and in-person voting begins on Monday 22 November.
“Voters can plan when, where and how they’ll vote using information available on the NSW Electoral Commission website at elections.nsw.gov.au,” he said.
“Whether it’s their nearest polling place, candidate information or options for voting early, NSW voters can find everything they need to know at our website with a quick search of their enrolled address.”
Mr Schmidt said that for the first time all voters are eligible to vote in person during the early voting (pre-poll) period and that in another first, iVote internet and telephone voting would be available at local government elections for electors meeting strict eligibility criteria.
In Newcastle’s Ward 3 the nearest pre-poll voting centre, known as Lambton Pre-poll, will be at 57 Crescent Rd, Waratah (pictured above).
This centre will be open for voting 9am – 5pm daily from Monday 22 November to Friday 3 December (except Sunday).
Other pre-poll centres are at Wallsend, Adamstown, Mayfield and Newcastle.
“We know COVID-19 has been driving people to consider their voting options. Voter safety is paramount, as is ensuring every eligible voter in NSW has a chance to have their voice heard.
“All polling places will be run in line with COVID-safe election guidelines including mask wearing and physical distancing. Voters can bring their own pens and must check in using the Service NSW QR codes, and follow any NSW Health advice.”
Applications for postal voting close at 5pm, Monday 29 November and postal ballot papers must be returned by 6pm, Friday 17 December.
Voters are reminded absentee voting is not available at local government elections, and that they must vote in their local government area or ward.
Mr Schmidt said voting is compulsory for all enrolled electors and there are penalties for not voting.
“I encourage all voters to ‘be vote ready’ and consider their options ahead of December 4,” he said.
For more information, call 1300 135 736 or go to elections.nsw.gov.au.