There are clear rules about the circumstances that determine whether you can vote early or by post. The Australian Electoral Commission (AEC) explains that you vote pre-poll in person or by post if, on election day, you will:
be outside the electorate where you are enrolled to vote
be more than 8km from a polling place
be unable to leave your workplace to vote
be seriously ill, infirm or due to give birth shortly (or caring for someone who is)
a patient in hospital and can’t vote at the hospital
have religious beliefs that prevent you from attending a polling place
be in prison serving a sentence of less than three years or otherwise detained
be a silent elector
have a reasonable fear for your safety.
The AEC also operates mobile polling centres that operate before and on Election Day. They visit places where people may have difficulty reaching a polling station. For example, they may visit nursing homes in advance of the day of the election.
Early voting commences on Tuesday 14 June 2016. If you think you meet the requirements, make sure you are across the issues that matter to you before you submit your postal vote or attend the pre-polling station. To help you understand where the major parties stand on transport issues, read our 2016 Federal Election posts and like the Keep Australia Moving page on Facebook.