Enrol now to have a say
NO longer the nation's best kept secret, Australians go to the polls on September 7 for the Federal Election and time is running out to register to vote.
The electoral roll closes next Monday, August 12, and the sheer number of Australians eligible to vote but not yet registered is staggering.
Wide Bay returning officer Lisa Bradford yesterday reminded Australians of the deadline to register.
"There's less than a week," she said.
Ms Bradford said at a national level, 1,370,033 Australians of voting age were not yet on the electoral roll.
This breaks down to 391,000 in Queensland and an average of 13,060 for each federal electorate.
Figures specific to Wide Bay and the Gympie district are not available.
Count Me In, an initiative of the Australian Electoral Commission, is pushing for young voters to enrol and vote and have their say on the nation's future.
There are half a million young adults (18-25) nationwide not on the electoral roll.
"...Australians who aren't enrolled could have a huge impact on the election and on the issues they care about, if they enrol now," Count Me In said in a press statement.
Gympie residents not yet on the electoral roll can jump online to register or change their particulars.
Head to http://www.aec.gov.au/enrol and only five minutes are needed.
"Chances are you have friends or family members who aren't enrolled," Count Me In said.
"Help them out by sending this link so they can may sure they are on the roll in time to vote in the federal election."
As the election race heats up, candidates for Wide Bay will be finalised next Friday, August 16, Ms Bradford said.
Stay tuned to The Gympie Times over the course of the campaign leading up to September 7 for election coverage and issues affecting the Wide Bay electorate.
Wide Bay Candidates
A number of candidates have announced they are contesting the Federal seat of Wide Bay.
- Warren Truss - incumbent (LNP)
- Gordon Dale (Katter's Australia Party)
- Joy Ringrose (Greens)
- Lucy Stanton (ALP)
- Stephen Anderson (Palmer United Party)
*Additional candidates from other political parties may be announced at next Friday's official declaration involving Wide Bay returning officer Lisa Bradford.