From today you can cast your ballot in the ACT election — here's what you need to know

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The polls will open this morning for the ACT election — beginning a marathon stretch of early voting, ahead of election day on October 17.
Voting in the ACT election begins today — here's how, and where, to vote early

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The polls will open this morning for the ACT election — beginning a marathon stretch of early voting, ahead of the actual election day on October 17.

This will be a very unusual election. Anyone can vote early, and everyone is being encouraged to do so if they can.

It is widely expected at least half, and maybe as many as 80 per cent of all votes will be cast before election day itself.

And that is very deliberate — the Electoral Commission is asking anyone who can to vote early, to prevent large crowds from gathering at polling booths on election day itself.

The aim is to reduce the potential for large gatherings and the risk of transmission of COVID-19 on election day.

Here is how to be one of those early voters.

Where and when can I vote?

Polls are open from today, Monday September 28 through to election day on Saturday October 17.

They are open every single day throughout that period, including weekends and public holidays.

They will generally only be open during business hours — 9:00am to 5:00pm — but they will stay open until 8:00pm on Fridays.

There are 15 polling places scattered across the city, including in all the major town centres.

Many more polling places will be open only on October 17. They are largely the same as those used for the 2016 ACT election.

It does not matter where you vote either — any voter can vote at any polling place, at any time they are open.

Do I have to vote using a computer?

If you do decide to vote before Saturday, October 17, you probably will not use a pencil and paper.

Most early votes will be taken on dedicated computers. They are just ordinary, touch screen computers, but they are completely offline.

Votes are recorded on a server, and are uploaded on election night (making for a very quick vote-tallying process).

Those voting electronically will have access to instructions for voting in 12 different languages,…
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