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Voter Information Workshops

People who have questions about how to vote at the federal election are encouraged to attend an information session in Broadmeadows.

Hume Libraries is set to conduct workshops about the way to vote correctly in the poll on 2 July 2016, and the sessions are expected to particularly benefit people who have never voted before.

Hume Mayor, Councillor Helen Patsikatheodorou, said the workshops would be very comprehensive.

“We don’t want any eligible voter to miss their opportunity to have a say on 2 July, simply because they can’t understand what to do when they attend a polling booth,” Cr Patsikatheodorou said.

“Hume Libraries has received some terrific materials from the Australian Electoral Commission, and we want to help anyone who might be confused about election day.

“The talk will cover many topics, and summarise how Australia’s democratic system works.

“It will help people to determine whether they are eligible to vote in the election, and shall identify the places where residents of Hume can cast their ballot.

“The session shall explain what happens on election day, and what people must do on their ballot papers for the House of Representatives and the Senate.”

The workshops are ideal for people who have turned 18 since the last federal election, as well as adults who have recently become Australian citizens.

Residents of Hume come from more than 160 different countries, with the municipality one of Australia’s most diverse communities.

Cr Patsikatheodorou said the talks could also help people who have voted many times before.

“The rules on how to elect senators have changed since the last election,” she said.

“Voters must now number at least six boxes above the line, or at least 12 boxes below the line.

“The workshops will further explain the change, so that people can make sure their vote counts.”

The sessions are scheduled for the Hume Global Learning Centre – Broadmeadows (1093 Pascoe Vale Road, Broadmeadows) at the following times:

• 6.30pm on Wednesday 15 June 2016;
• 10.30am on Saturday 18 June 2016;
• 2.00pm on Saturday 18 June 2016; and
• 6.30pm on Thursday 23 June 2016.

Each session is free, will run for 90 minutes and shall cover the same information.

The talks will be delivered in English, and translated into Arabic and Turkish, if required.

Cr Patsikatheodorou said the workshops were really important.

“Australia is so fortunate to have such a strong electoral system, one which has been continually improved since federation,” she said.

“Democracy works best when all eligible voters have a say, so that our legislatures truly reflect the wishes of the people.”

For further information on Hume Libraries’ voter information workshops, visit www.humelibraries.vic.gov.au

Posted on 12:00 AM, 10 June 2016


Updated : 10:20 AM, 15 June 2016

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