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Media release – Tasmanian Electoral Commission, 26 April 2021 Pre-poll services expand for the final week of early voting By the end of the application period at 4pm last Friday, just under 30,000 state electors have requested and been sent a postal vote back, with 33% already returned. This is a 12% increase on the […]

Media release – Tasmanian Electoral Commission, 26 April 2021

Pre-poll services expand for the final week of early voting

By the end of the application period at 4pm last Friday, just under 30,000 state electors have requested and been sent a postal vote back, with 33% already returned. This is a 12% increase on the number issued at the 2018 state election.

Around 5,300 Legislative Council electors have requested and been sent a postal vote pack for the Derwent or Windermere election, (with 30% returned so far) representing an 80% increase on the last time these divisions went to election in 2015.

Electors yet to return their postal vote will need to consider and complete their vote before 6pm this Saturday and post it back without delay.

It is now too late to apply for a postal vote. The Electoral Act was amended in 2019 to provide an earlier closing date for applications, to accommodate Australia Post’s 3-4 day delivery service standard for Tasmanian mail.

Electors who are not able to vote on polling day will need to vote in person at a pre-poll centre.

15 pre-poll centres across the state

At 8:30am this morning, an additional 8 regional pre-poll centres opened their doors to early voters, bringing the total to 15 pre-poll centres in Tasmania. In addition, electors interstate can vote early at any State or Territory Electoral Commission office in a capital city.

Tasmanian pre-poll centres open Monday to Friday this week, 8:30am – 5:30pm, and until 6pm on Friday:

​Queenstown: West Coast Community Services Hub, 9-13 Driffield St
Smithton: Smithton Hockey Centre, 51/53 Havelock St
Burnie: 26 Cattley St
Devonport:  paranaple arts centre, 145 Rooke St

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Launceston: 175 – 177 Charles St
George Town: George Town Memorial Hall, 29-67 Macquarie St
Scottsdale: St Barnabas’ Church Hall, 55 King St
St Helens: St Helens Senior Citizens Rooms, 39 Cecilia St

New Norfolk: New Norfolk War Memorial Hall, Circle St
Granton: Granton Memorial Hall, 1 Lyell Hwy
Glenorchy: St Matthews Church, Cnr Tolosa St and Main Rd

Bellerive: Clarence Uniting Church, Cnr Cambridge Rd
Hobart: Ground level, 144 Macquarie St
Kingston: Kingborough Community Hub, 7 Goshawk Way
Sorell: PCYC shed, Pembroke Park, Arthur St

Pre-poll voting showing an increased uptake

As at last Friday, over 21,000 state and just under 3,000 Legislative Council electors had voted at a pre-poll centre.

The TEC expects the number of pre-poll votes to exceed the 36,000 cast at the 2018 state election.  Pre-poll for Legislative Council has already exceeded the 2015 figure by over 300 votes.

On polling day, Saturday 1 May, electors can vote in person at any one of our 262 polling places across the state.

Full lists of polling places are available on our website.

 

Source: Tasmanian Times https://www.tasmaniantimes.com/2021/04/pre-poll-services-expand-in-election-lead-in/#utm_source=rss&utm_medium=rss&utm_campaign=pre-poll-services-expand-in-election-lead-in

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