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How To Make A Special Declaration Vote

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Special declaration votes are made by registered electors who are unable to vote at a polling place in their own electorate on election day, or whose names do not appear on the printed electoral roll.

Who can cast a special declaration vote?

Anyone who is enrolled can cast a special declaration vote if:

  • they are outside of their electorate on election day
  • they are ill or infirm and cannot get to a polling place
  • their name is not on the printed electoral roll and they believe it should be
  • they can satisfy the returning officer that going to a polling place would cause hardship or serious inconvenience
  • they are in hospital
  • their religion prevents them from voting on election day
  • they are overseas
  • they are on the unpublished roll

Voting outside your electorate


If you're going to be outside your electorate on election day, Saturday 8 November, you can cast a special declaration vote at any polling place. As this is likely to take longer than voting in your electorate, you may want to consider voting in advance.


You can vote between 9.00am and 7.00pm on election day.


When you go to a polling place, tell the issuing officer that you need to cast a special declaration vote.

You will need to complete a form indicating the reason you are casting a special declaration vote.

Hospital voting


Wherever possible, voting facilities will be provided for eligible voters who are in hospitals, maternity homes or rest homes up until election day.


Hospital voting will take place in advance from Wednesday 22 October and on election day.


You can cast your vote at your hospital, maternity home or rest home.

How it works?

Mobile polling staff will visit on a date and time which has been arranged with the hospital or rest home.


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