Only a few days left to enrol if you want to vote in the federal election and have your voice heard

In case you’ve been living under a proverbial rock, Prime Minister Scott Morrison has announced the next federal election will take place on May 18.

This officially makes the federal election the second-most important contest that’ll be decided that day, after the Eurovision Grand Final.

All jokes aside, democracy is pretty darn important and it’d be a shame if you wasted a chance to have a say in how your country is governed.

If you are an Australian citizen aged 18 years or older, then you are able to take part in the federal election. Actually, you’re kind of obliged to!

But you’ve got to be correctly enrolled by 8pm local time on Thursday, April 18. That means there’s just days – or mere hours if you’re late to your email! – to make sure the Australian Electoral Commission has your deets.

Even if you’ve enrolled before, it’s worth a visit to the AEC website to make sure all your information is correct.

Maybe you’ve recently moved house?

You’re entitled to vote in the electorate of your current address if you’ve lived there for one month or more.

And if for some reason you’re lucky enough to be travelling or overseas on May 18 (a brave move for the middle of semester!) you’ll need to register for a postal vote.

Now, settle in for five weeks of pork-barrelling and corflute signs, which will all be worthwhile when you pick up your democracy sausage on Election Day!

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