Can't make the polling booths on March 28? Here's what to do

WITH the NSW State Election creeping up on March 28, it's a good time to talk about what you can do if you know you can't get to a polling place on voting day. 

Electoral Commissioner, Colin Barry, reminded NSW residents that they do have options if you can't vote on the day.

"The election is your chance to vote for what's important to you in NSW. If can't get to a polling place on election day there are options to allow you to vote beforehand," Mr Barry said.


Here are your options:

Pre-poll Voting: Electors unable to vote on election day, can vote early at one of 242 pre-poll voting centres across the state. Most centres are open 8am to 6pm weekdays from Monday, March 16 to Friday, March 27. Extended hours of operation are in place on Saturday, March 21 from 9am to 5pm and from 8am to 8pm on Thursday, March 26. For locations and specific opening hours visit or call 1300 135 736.

iVoting: Electronically assisted voting by internet or telephone is available to eligible people. iVote registrations close at 1pm, election day Saturday, March 28. Once registered, people can vote from 8am EDST Monday, March 16 until 6pm EDST election day. iVote is now the preferred voting option for all people voting from interstate or overseas. Interstate electoral offices will have iVote® terminals available for use, alternatively electors can vote via their own computer or phone. For interstate locations visit the website or call us. To register for iVote, visit or call 1300 24 86 83.

Postal Voting: Postal vote applications are available online at or by calling 1300 135 736. Applications for postal voting must be received by 6pm, Wednesday, March 25.  Electors should apply as soon as possible in order to avoid any delays in postal delivery.


Voting is compulsory for all enrolled electors in New South Wales.

For information visit or call 1300 135 736.

Topics:  nsw state election

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