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Conditions for Electoral Rights 2015

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Country: Australia - Type: citizen residents

Election type Age threshold Grounds of disenfranchisement (*) Registration mode / Mandatory voting Voting methods
Mental disability Criminal offence Profession Citizenship (*)
National Presidential X (no election) X (no election) X (no election) X (no election) X (no election) X (no election) X (no election)
National Legislative 18 for voting and standing as candidate YES, if a person is found to be of ‘unsound mind’ by a medical certificate YES, prisoners serving a criminal conviction of three years or longer are disenfranchised. Individuals convicted of treason face lifetime disenfranchisement No No for voting rights; YES for candidacy rights: citizens holding any other citizenship cannot stand as candidates ACTIVE registration. Citizens must fill in a single form, either electronic or paper based, up to a week after the election is called. Voting is MANDATORY: those who do not vote can be fined up to $50 and a failure to pay may lead to a conviction Polling station in the district where the voter is registered and elsewhere in the national territory; postal voting; e-voting for citizens with disabilities; embassy voting for resident citizens temporarily abroad
National Referendum 18 for voting YES, if a person is found to be of ‘unsound mind’ by a medical certificate YES, prisoners serving a criminal conviction of three years or longer are disenfranchised. Individuals convicted of treason face lifetime disenfranchisement No No ACTIVE registration. Citizens must fill in a single form, either electronic or paper based, up to a week after the election is called. Voting is MANDATORY: those who do not vote can be fined up to $50 and a failure to pay may lead to a conviction Polling station in the district where the voter is registered and elsewhere in the national territory; postal voting; e-voting for citizens with disabilities; embassy voting for resident citizens temporarily abroad
Regional Presidential X (indirect election) X (indirect election) X (indirect election) X (indirect election) X (indirect election) X (indirect election) X (indirect election)
Regional Legislative 18 for voting and standing as candidate YES, if a person is found to be of ‘unsound mind’ by a medical certificate Generally YES, although the legislation changes significantly across the different states No No for voting rights; YES for candidacy rights in some of the states: in New South Wales, citizens who actively take out foreign citizenship may be barred ACTIVE registration. Citizens must fill in a single form, either electronic or paper based, up to a week after the election is called. Voting is MANDATORY: those who do not vote can be fined up to $50 and a failure to pay may lead to a conviction Polling station in the district where the voter is registered; postal voting; e-voting for citizens with disabilities ieverywhere in the country and for all citizens in New South Wales; embassy voting is available for resident citizens temporarily abroad
Regional Referendum 18 for voting YES, if a person is found to be of ‘unsound mind’ by a medical certificate Generally YES, although the legislation changes significantly across the different states No No ACTIVE and MANDATORY registration in most of the territory, except In New South Wales and Victoria where registration is AUTOMATIC. In all other territories, citizens must fill in a single form, either electronic or paper based up to a week after the election is called. Voting is MANDATORY and those who do not vote can be fined up to $50. A failure to pay a fine may lead to a conviction Polling station in the district where the voter is registered; postal voting; e-voting for citizens with disabilities ieverywhere in the country and for all citizens in New South Wales; embassy voting is available for resident citizens temporarily abroad
Local Mayoral 18 for voting and standing as candidate YES, if a person is found to be of ‘unsound mind’ by a medical certificate Generally YES, although the legislation changes significantly across the different states No No ACTIVE registration. Citizens must fill in a single form, either electronic or paper based, up to a week after the election is called. Voting is MANDATORY: those who do not vote can be fined up to $50 and a failure to pay may lead to a conviction Polling station in the district where the voter is registered; postal voting; e-voting for citizens with disabilities ieverywhere in the country and for all citizens in New South Wales; embassy voting is available for resident citizens temporarily abroad
Local Legislative 18 for voting and standing as candidate YES, if a person is found to be of ‘unsound mind’ by a medical certificate Generally YES, although the legislation changes significantly across the different states No No ACTIVE registration. Citizens must fill in a single form, either electronic or paper based, up to a week after the election is called. Voting is MANDATORY: those who do not vote can be fined up to $50 and a failure to pay may lead to a conviction Polling station in the district where the voter is registered; postal voting; e-voting for citizens with disabilities ieverywhere in the country and for all citizens in New South Wales; embassy voting is available for resident citizens temporarily abroad
Local Referendum X (no election) X (no election) X (no election) X (no election) X (no election) X (no election) X (no election)
(*) Special restrictions

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Citizenship

Covering restrictions of electoral rights for naturalised citizen, citizens born abroad and multiple citizens.

See modes of acquisition and modes of loss of citizenship for information on conditions of access to (dual) citizenship.

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