Enrol To Vote Week 2008 Announced

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13 June 2008

Enrol to Vote Week 2008 announced

The Australian Electoral Commission today announced that national Enrol to Vote Week

will be taking place in secondary schools across Australia from 28 July to 3 August this

year.


Electoral Commissioner Ian Campbell said that last year’s Enrol to Vote Week was

successful in contributing to young Australians being correctly enrolled at the close of rolls

for the 2007 federal election.


“Enrol to Vote Week received strong support from secondary schools last year and we are

looking forward to their assistance again this year,” Mr Campbell said.


“This year we are reminding students that being enrolled to vote is an ongoing right and

responsibility. Between federal elections there are state and local government elections

and young people who delay enrolling may miss out on having their say.


“Currently one in four 18 year olds are not enrolled to vote, and many 17 year olds are not

aware that they can enrol now so they are able to vote as soon as they turn 18.”


More than 1750 secondary schools and colleges from around the country participated last

year and the Australian Electoral Commission is hoping to register all the schools who

held an Enrol to Vote Week last year, plus others.


“Schools will soon be receiving invitations to participate in Enrol to Vote Week and we

encourage them to register to be involved as soon as possible,” said Mr Campbell.


People can search to see if their local school is participating, or schools can register to

participate on the Enrol to Vote Week website, enroltovoteweek.aec.gov.au.


To find out more visit enroltovoteweek.aec.gov.au or call the AEC on 13 23 26 (press 2

when prompted).





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Bernadette O’Meara





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