A stress-head and admin haters guide to enrolling to vote
Admin is my least favourite thing. The thought of filling out forms, as basic or mundane they might be, freaks me out. I always leave it to the last minute and end up getting so stressed I almost physically cannot bring myself to do it.
However, Australia has an election coming up and it is as important as ever to make sure you are enrolled to vote. Yes, we are the generation who hates admin, but we are also a generation who cares about our future, and we need to make sure we will have a planet to live on.
Enrolling to vote is so easy that this guide is almost pointless. It only took me eight minutes! In any case, here is a step-by-step guide, designed to ease your mind and to prove to yourself that you do not have to be scared of forms. You must be enrolled to vote by Monday April 18 so sit down, make yourself a cup of tea or grab a glass of wine, and let’s do this!
Step One - Check if you are enrolled to vote
You’ll need to check your details on the Australian Electoral Commission website. The best way to do this is to type https://check.aec.gov.au into your browser and fill out the information. If your details match a profile, you are enrolled to vote. Make sure ALL of the details are correct. If the details do not match a profile or you need to update your details, go to step two.
Step Two - Enrol to vote
Go to www.aec.gov.au/enrol, click ‘enrol to vote for the first time’ and fill out your personal details. If you need to update your details, go to ‘change my details’ and follow the prompts. It’s all basic stuﬀ, but do make sure you have your driver’s licence or passport handy. If you don’t have either of these, you will need somebody who is already on the electoral roll to confirm your identity. You then need to print out the form, get both yourself and the person confirming your identity to sign it, before returning it back to the AEC. You can also print a PDF of the form off from the website and hand it in to an AEC office. If you'd rather just do it all in person, you can visit any AEC oﬃce to complete your enrollment.
Step Three - You’re Done!
Congrats! If you have used a driver’s licence or passport, you will be able to sign electronically and then submit. You should receive a confirmation text and/or email that you are enrolled. Make sure to download your certificate so you have a record, or, even better, save it somewhere on your device where you'll be able to find it easily.
Article: Georgie Carroll