Want to know where to vote for the ACT election? Today is your last chance
With corflutes planted, sausages sizzling, and candidates at the ready it's crunch time for voters in the ACT.
Today we'll learn whether Andrew Barr's Labor Government will hold on for a sixth term in power, or whether Alistair Coe's Liberal team will emerge victorious from 19 years in opposition.
But first you need to vote (if you're in the minority that hasn't already).
Here's what you need to know about where and how to have your say this ACT election — and when the results will become clear.Where can I vote in the ACT election?
More than half of ACT voters have already cast their ballot, but if you've held out until the big day, you're spoiled for choice as to where to vote.
While pre-poll voters were stuck with a mere 15 locations scattered around Canberra, dozens more will be open on election day, with many on-the-day polling stations at local schools and community centres.
Here's where they'll be:
Polling booths will be open from 8:00am to 6:00pm sharp.How do I vote in the ACT?
Voting in the ACT election is different from how you'd vote for an MP at a federal level. That's because you don't just have one person representing your area — you have five.
That means each party can run up to five candidates in an electorate, though realistically only the Labor and Liberal parties bother running a full ticket in every electorate.
Because there are five positions up for grabs in each electorate, Elections ACT says you should number at least five boxes on your ballot paper or electronic voting screen.
From there, you can number as many boxes as you like in order of your preference.
You don't have to number all of the boxes, and any candidate you leave blank will have no chance of receiving your vote through preference flows.
Wondering which electorate you're in?
These are the five electorates, and the five areas they are loosely centred on:
- Brindabella — Tuggeranong
- Murrumbidgee — Woden/Weston Creek/Molonglo
- Kurrajong — inner north/inner south
- Ginninderra — Belconnen
- Yerrabi — Gungahlin
If you're after a list of candidates in your electorate, you can find those on the Elections ACT website.When will we know a result? Hint: soon
We should get a good idea fairly quickly.
Remember when we said more than half of the ACT voted before election day?
Nearly all of those people voted electronically, which speeds up the counting process.
Elections ACT plans to publish the data from electronic votes within 1-2 hours of polls closing, meaning we should have a steer on who's likely to lead the ACT by 8:00pm (AEDT).
To win government with an outright majority, parties will need to win 13 of the 25 spots in the Legislative Assembly, but the past three elections have all delivered Labor-Greens minority governments.
Since 2016, Labor has held 12 spots to the Liberals' 11, with the Greens holding the balance of power with two, so keep an eye out for any changes in those numbers.
When counting begins, its likely we'll see four of the five spots up for grabs in each electorate called fairly quickly, with the final seat in each electorate likely to determine the outcome of the election.
The ABC will have you covered this evening, with psephological powerhouse Antony Green bringing you all of the results.
See you then!