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Ahhh, the federal elections. Who is she, what does she want from us and how can we find out more about her? Well my friends, never fear, we have all the answers here for you.

Understanding elections, voting, polls and other political shenanigans can sometimes be overwhelming for a single brain, so we’ve summed it all up in the simplest possible terms.

Wondering if you are eligible for a postal vote? We have what you need. Do you know what the difference is between the House of Representatives and the Senate? No worries, it happens to the best of us.

In this thread, you will find everything you need to know about the 2022 Federal Election. And we will continue to update this beautiful article as new updates and information arrive! It’s your one-stop-shop for elections.

Australian Federal Election News and Updates

We will update this section as news and updates regarding the 2022 Federal Election arrive.

When are the 2022 federal elections?

Prime Minister Scott Morrison has yet to announce the date of the next federal election BUT we know it will be held before May 21, 2022. Why? Well, it’s actually clearly stated in the Australian Constitution that an election must be held once every three years, but the government can decide to call it earlier if it wishes, but not later.

Basically, there must be at least 33 days between the election call and voting day, so an earliest date can be set in April. The vote is fairly unlikely to take place during the Easter holiday, however.

The Parliamentary Library Blog believes that, if you go through the calendar of parliamentary sittingsthe 2022 federal election could be held on May 7, May 14 or May 21. That means he’ll likely be called in early to mid-April.

Election polls

We will update this section as new election polls come in with results.

2022 Australian Federal Election Predictions

Which party is in power in Australia?

A coalition between the Liberal and National parties is in power. Unsurprisingly, we call this the coalition government.

The Prime Minister comes from the larger of these two parties, the Liberals (Libs). Scott Morrison has been in charge of the Libs since 2018 and led the Coalition to victory in the 2019 election. Despite their differences and infighting, the parties have been in government since 2013. Yes, almost a decade.

Who should win the next federal election?

Early predictions come from polls, and we’ll update this section as more polls come in.

Who to vote for in federal elections

Federal electoral party promises

I’m sure we all want our vote to count in this election, but some of us still don’t completely agree with the policies of the major parties.

Let’s quickly recap our options.

Liberal Party of Australia policies

On March 21, the coalition government published its official budget. This gives us a glimpse of a few of their policies, giving us a fair idea of ​​how things might play out if they are re-elected in 2022.

To quickly recap, the budget included more money for mental health services, billions for flood-affected people, more mullahs for apprentices (and even more for their bosses) but nothing to tackle climate change. or support those who are already paralyzed. art industry.

The Coalition lists a few issues that matter most to it on his website.

These issues include childcare subsidies, increased funding for mental health care (which we saw in the budget), income support for retirees, tax cuts for individuals and businesses and a bill to combat religious discrimination.

We estimate that if the coalition government is returned to power in 2022, it will also consider increased defense and military spending, conservation of the Great Barrier Reef and protection of endangered species, increased border operations including reduction in drug trafficking and cancellation of visas for criminals; and increased funding for the deployment of vaccines.

Australian Labor Party policies

Meanwhile, on the Labor official website the party has made it clear where its money will go if it wins the 2022 election.

Labor has a strong focus on the cheapest babysitting for families, more affordable lodging, women’s safety initiatives including reforms against sexual harassment in the workplace, more funding for the ABC and increased money for learning and TAFE programs.

We believe it will also look at high-speed fiber optic internet, a hub for disease control in response to the COVID pandemic, a much-needed federal anti-corruption commission, increased investment in the renewable energy sector (to spur job creation and lower electricity bills), launching a national framework for new Aussies startups and entrepreneurship programs and a new youth engagement model to give young Australians a voice in policy-making.

How does voting in federal elections work in Australia?

How it works?

Voting in federal elections in Australia involves filling out two sheets of paper.

The first leaves the Australian Electoral Commission (AEC) find out which candidates you would like to elect to the House of Representatives (AKA: the Lower House).

The second tells them your preferences for the Senate (AKA: Upper House).

You are allowed to vote early, but only in specific circumstances that you can find here.

On the day, all you have to do is go to one of the registered polling stations listed here between 8 a.m. and 6 p.m..

The House of Representatives and the Senate

The House of Reps in Australia is where your local representative goes and sits. This is also where politicians talk nonsense all the time.

Your local representative is the voice of your electorate (AKA: the region in which you live).

They represent your people. As if we were all rival gangs. Does that make any sense ? Who knows! It’s that exact person sitting their butt on the seat.

You must number EACH box on the House of Representatives ballot, from one to anything. So if there are nine names, there must be one to nine.

On the other hand, the Senate is this big red room. In each election, only about half of the seats are contested.

The Senate has this very long ballot. It’s so long you could probably use it as a yoga mat. You remember it?

Above the line is where you vote for PARTIES. Below the line is where you vote for PEOPLE. Can’t decide which one to do? We have what you need.

In short, voting below the line allows you to be thorough with the policies of the party you stand for by allowing you to vote for the specific people you want to fill those red seats and decide shit.

To be eligible to vote, you must either:

  • Number to less six spaces above the line for parties or groups of your choice, or
  • Number to less 12 boxes below the line for individual candidates of your choice.

So at least six digits. One to six in the top row. Or at least 12 numbers, one through 12 in the bottom giant section. You can of course number as many boxes as you want, as long as it’s above the minimum number.

You can learn more about the House of Representatives and the Senate here.

Early Voting for Federal Elections

You can vote early for various reasons listed here. For example: if you are going away for the weekend, if you are disabled or if you work on election day, early voting is for you.

If you meet the criteria to vote early, you can go to a pre-election location or early voting center in your electorate and vote. the AEC website will have all the pre-vote locations near you on their website at election time.

If this option does not quite suit you, you can always ask to vote by mail! Yes, people still use letters these days. Hell, you might have to!

Mail-in ballot for federal elections

Here’s how you can get your hands on a sweet, sweet postal vote.

First, you will have to apply for it. Don’t forget that you have to meet one of the criteria scheduled for early voting.

You can get an application form online or from your local AEC office.

Then you must complete the form with your personal details. This will include the very important security question (you know it well) that you need to remember the answer to.

Once your application file has been sent, you must wait for it to be approved by our friends at the AEC. If so, you will receive your ballots at election time. It is now up to you to return your vote by post on time.

You must also have someone nearby who will be your witness. This is basically someone who can confirm that it is you who is completing your mail-in ballot.

All you have to do is put your ballots in the envelope the AEC sent you and mail them back. Don’t worry about the cost either, AEC will pay for all return envelopes. They are hot like that.

Can I vote online?

Unfortunately, you cannot. Completing a mail-in ballot or voting in person are your only options.

What if I don’t vote?

For this year’s federal election voting cycle, Australian citizens who fail to submit a ballot will be forced to pay a $20 fine. If you don’t pay the fine, you could be sent back to court which is not a vibe at all.

The most likely legal reason you will not vote is due to “physical obstruction, whether due to illness or outside prevention, or natural occurrences, or accident of any kind , would certainly be recognized by law in such a case”, according to the Supreme Court from Australia.

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