AUSTRALIANS in London and the UK will play a key role as overseas electors in Australia’s federal election when they cast their votes on 14 September.
In 2010 Australia House in London was recorded as the biggest polling booth in the entire election, with approximately 18,000-20,000 Australians turning up to cast their vote.
Similar numbers are expected for this year’s 2013 federal election, in addition to those UK Australians who will vote by post.
In recognition of this significant role, ALP Abroad is set to launch an election campaign to target overseas voters living in the UK.
“London is the largest polling station in the Australian federal election, and will be crucial in a close vote,” says ALP President Paul Smith.
ALP Abroad is holding an election planning meeting on 30 May and encourages potential campaigners to come along and join in.
Paul says a focus of the campaign will be to spread awareness of the need for Australians in the UK to enrol as overseas voters.
“Some Australians may be still enrolled back home, but others may not be and will only find this out when it’s too late”, says Paul.
“To ensure their vote counts, we’ll be encouraging Australians to enrol as overseas votes.”
The ALP Abroad election planning meeting will be held from 7pm-9pm on Thursday 30 May upstairs at The Blue Posts, 28 Rupert Street W1D 6DJ.
For further details contact Paul Smith, President ALP Abroad, on [email protected]