State election: Voters reminded they don't have to be on the electoral roll to participate on March 28

Voters have been reminded they don’t have to be on the electoral roll to participate in the March 28 state election.

A spokesman for the Electoral Commission NSW said the old practice of the electoral roll closing well before polling day ended in 2011.

‘‘You can enrol and vote when you bring your RMS driver licence or Photo ID card showing your current address, and citizenship details if you were born overseas,’’ he said.

Votes cast in this fashion are classed as provisional until the supplied information is checked.

The commission’s other advice includes:

■ Voting is compulsory for all enrolled electors, and the fine for not voting is $55.

■ Polling places on election day are open from 8am to 6pm. 

■ For the location of polling places or a list of candidates, phone the  commission or visit its website (see details below).

■ If you can’t get to a polling place on election day, you can cast a pre-poll vote at any pre-poll voting centre in the state.

■ Pre-poll voting is available until 6pm Friday, March 27. 

■ People who wish to apply for a postal vote should act now. Applications, by phone or online, from within Australia must be received by COB Wednesday, March 25.

■ iVote® (internet and telephone voting) is available to eligible people. Registrations close at 1pm on election day. Visit: iVote.nsw.gov.au or call 1300 24 86 83.

■ Full all other information, visit: votensw.info or call 1300 135 736.

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