Enrolling to vote closes Monday

THE DEADLINE to enrol to vote in the federal election is on Monday and Northern Rivers residents are being reminded to ensure the Australian Electoral Commission AEC has their details.

The AEC reminded people on it's website about the looming deadline to enrol to vote in the July 2 election.

"All Australian citizens aged 18 years or over are required to enrol and vote in this election," the AEC posted.

"The deadline to enrol or update your details is 8pm, Monday May 23.

"To enrol for the first time or get back on the roll, you can enrol online at www.aec.gov.au/enrol."

Greens candidate for Page, 19-year-old Kudra Falla-Ricketts took to social media to encourage people, especially those of her generation, to ensure they are enrolled to vote.

"Currently 7% of Australians aren't enrolled to vote and 21% of young Australians aged 18 to 24 aren't enrolled," she said.

"This is enough to completely change the outcome of an election.

"I often hear people complaining about the people in power, but if you're not on the electoral role and you're not voting, then you're part of the problem.

"I emailed every high school in Page and Richmond with an apolitical email to send out to their year 12 students encouraging them to enrol, so hopefully most of our young ones are enrolled this election."

Incumbent Member for Page, Kevin Hogan, reminded constituents voting was a privilege not every country enjoyed.

"Millions of people around the world would love to have the right to vote," he said.

"We are very lucky to have the freedoms we do.

"I encourage everyone to enrol and be involved in our wonderful democratic process."

Former Page MP, Labor's Janelle Saffin said voting is the only way that we can have a direct say in the way our country is run.

"But as it stands, half of all 18 year olds and a quarter of all 19 year olds are not enrolled," she said.

"I urge all young people to enrol and vote for the party or candidate they think will best represent their community." 

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