What happens at a Polling Place

Polling Place

When you arrive at a polling place, there are usually lots of candidate workers standing out the front. These people work for the candidates who are standing for election. They will want to give you a paper showing how to vote for their candidate. You don't have to take these but if you want to know how to vote for a particular party or candidate, they can be helpful.

QueueWhen you get inside the polling place there might be a small queue of people waiting to vote. Don't worry if you don't know what to do. The staff will be able to help you and direct you to where you need to go.

Issuing tableWhen you get to the issuing table the election official will ask you for your full name and the address where you live. They may also ask you for your date of birth so that you can be correctly identified on the roll. The election official will also ask you if you have voted before in this lection. They have to ask this to make sure that people only vote once.

Find your name on the rollYou don't need to show identification, but it's a good idea to take some with you or write your name and address on a piece of paper and show it to the official. It will make it easier for them to find your name. If they can't find your name on the roll you will be directed to another election official who can assist you.

Mark your name off the rollWhen the official has found your name on the roll, they will mark it off and give you your ballot paper or papers.


Ballot papers

The number and type of ballot papers you will get depends on what type of election it is. Federal, state and local government elections all have different rules and ballot papers. That is why it is important to carefully read and follow the instructions on the ballot paper to make sure your vote will be counted.

VoteTake your ballot papers to a voting screen, where you can vote in private.

Ask for help if you need toIf you need help to complete your ballot papers ask an election official or take a friend with you. Your vote is secret but if you need help, it's ok to take someone to the voting screen to assist you. There is also information about voting in other languages if you need it. Just ask an official.

Ballot boxOnce you have filled in your ballot papers, you must fold them and put them into the correct ballot box on your way out.



That's it! Congratulations! You have successfully voted and had your say in who will represent you and your community in the government!