Non-Voter FAQs

Is enrolment compulsory?

Yes. You must enrol on the state electoral roll if you are:

  • 18 years and over,
  • an Australian citizen, or eligible British subject, and
  • have lived at your address for at least one month.

For more information, see sections 29 and 32 of the Electoral Act 1985 (external link).

I haven’t enrolled. Why am I on the electoral roll?

You are on the electoral roll because you have been enrolled through federal direct enrolment. Legislation was passed in 2012 enabling the Australian Electoral Commission to automatically enrol people through information received from other government agencies. For more information, please visit the Australian Electoral Commission (external link).

Is it compulsory to vote at a State election?

Yes, however you are only required to observe the formalities of voting (ie have your named marked off the roll and be issued with ballot papers). You are not required to mark the ballot papers. For more information, refer to section 85 of the Electoral Act 1985.

Why is the fine for not voting $70 when the Electoral Act 1985 states that the expiation fee is $10 and the maximum penalty is $50?

A Victims of Crime levy of $60 is included in the total amount payable under the expiation notice. Under section 32 of the Victims of Crime Act 2001 (external link), a Victims of Crime levy is imposed on all expiation notices issued. $50 is the maximum penalty the court could impose if you elected to be prosecuted for the offence. However, there are court fees and other costs involved in the court process, which is why most people choose to pay the fine. 

I was not living at my enrolled address at the time of the election. Do I still have to vote?

Yes, even if you were not living at your enrolled address, but still within South Australia, it is compulsory to vote. You do not have to go back to your previous district to vote, you can vote at any polling booth in South Australia.


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