Alistair Costello is old enough to enrol but not quite voting age.
Alistair Costello is old enough to enrol but not quite voting age. Shannon Newley

Teen eager to have say

HEADING to the polls on election day may seem like an inconvenience but for all Australians 18 years or older it is compulsory - and time is running out to enrol.

January 31 is the cut-off for the looming state and local government elections, expected to take place in March.

Teens can enrol from the age of 16 years, but can't vote until they turn 18.

Political enthusiast Adam Clayton didn't waste anytime enrolling.

"The first moment I was eligible to enrol, even though I wouldn't be able to vote, I enrolled," he said.

The now 19-year-old said he was excited to vote in his first state election this year and encouraged other young people to be a part of the political process.

Despite being old enough to put his name down, 16-year-old Alistair Costello said he wouldn't be running out to grab his forms yet.

"I think I would just wait until I need to; I am not too worried about it," he said.

"I will be excited to vote for the first time but it's not something I am writing down on the calendar."

Enrolment forms are available at the Australia Post shop or online at http://www.aec.gov.au.

 

Voting info

  • Enrolment cut-off is January 31;
  • People can enrol from 16 years and can vote from age 18;
  • Forms are available at Australia Post or can be completed online;
  • Voting is compulsory

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