130,000 Western Australians Missing From The Electoral Roll

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Brendon Barlow, Public Awareness Manager – WA

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6 October 2009

The young and moving in Western Australia missing from the

electoral roll

In the continuing search for over 130,000 Western Australians missing from the electoral

roll, the Australian Electoral Commission (AEC) released information today indicating just

who in Western Australia has the greatest chance of risking their vote in the next election.

State Manager for Western Australia, Colin Nagle explained that Western Australians aged

18 to 34 years or anyone who has moved house in the last three years, have the greatest

likelihood of not being on the electoral roll.  

“The fact is the younger you are the less likely you are to be on the electoral roll, with

nationally young people aged 18-24 years accounting for nearly one third of the 1.2 million

eligible Australians missing from the electoral roll.

“We also know that if you’ve moved in the last couple of years and haven’t updated your

address on the roll, that you run the greatest risk of being removed from the electoral roll,

and substantial numbers of Australians aged 25-44 years may be in this category” he said. 

Over the coming weeks the AEC is undertaking one of its largest mailouts this year,

sending over 73,000 letters with enrolment forms to where we think many of these missing

eligible Australians might be living within the state.

“While this is a significant mailout it won’t reach everyone who is missing, so I urge any

Australian who needs to act on their enrolment to do it now, so you don’t miss out on having

your say on election day,” Mr Nagle said.

To check if you’re on the electoral roll or if your enrolment details are up-to-date, visit

www.aec.gov.au or call the AEC on 13 23 26.

To enrol to vote for the first time, to re-enrol, or to update your enrolment details because

you have moved, you simply need to complete an enrolment form available online at

www.aec.gov.au or at any AEC, Australia Post, Centrelink or Medicare office.

Completing the one enrolment form means you’re enrolled to vote for federal, state and

local government elections.

“An enhanced interactive online enrolment form is now available on the AEC website and

australia.gov.au, making the online completion more streamlined than ever.  While you still

need to print out and sign the form, it is a first step towards modernising the enrolment

process to meet growing expectations among the public to complete business online,” Mr

Nagle said.

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