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Don't Get Caught Out - Enrol To Vote Now!

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Sarah Hanson-Young 17 Jul 2010

The Australian Greens have called on all Australians to check their enrolment immediately and update their details to ensure they don't miss out on voting in the imminent Federal Election, according to Senator Sarah Hanson-Young.

Senator Hanson-Young, Greens Spokesperson on Youth says time is running out for people to confirm their place on the electoral roll for the 2010 election.

"Many Australians only start following politics when an election is called, but the only way to guarantee they can take part in the political process is by enrolling to vote,'' Senator Hanson-Young said.

"We know that the Governor-General will issue the writs for the election on Monday, and that the rolls will close at 8pm that night for new enrolments. This means that anyone who is unsure of whether they are on the rolls has very little time to get organised.''

Senator Hanson-Young launched her Virgin Voters Video - encouraging young people to get on the roll - last month. It has already attracted more than 30,000 views.

According to the Auditor-General's report on the 2007 election, there are 1.4 million eligible voters currently not on the roll. The AEC also reports that 70 per cent of voters missing from the roll are aged 18-39.

"A million votes could dramatically change the election outcome - a million votes could determine who holds the balance of power in the Senate, or who wins the key to the Lodge,'' Senator Hanson-Young said. "In some seats there are significant under-enrolments, and in a tight election these missing voters could hold the key to the election.

"The message to those Australians who haven't confirmed their enrolment is - don't waste this opportunity to exercise your democratic right, get on the roll and have your say in the future of our country."

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