PENALTY: If you didn't find the time to vote in today's Federal Election you can expect the AEC to ask why and if you don't have a valid reason, expect to pay $20.
PENALTY: If you didn't find the time to vote in today's Federal Election you can expect the AEC to ask why and if you don't have a valid reason, expect to pay $20. Cathy Adams

Didn't vote? Here's the penalty you can expect

IF you are a registered voter and didn't find the time to cast a vote you can expect a fine in the mail.

The Australian Electoral Commission will be sending out letters to thousands of non-voters requesting they either provide a valid and sufficient reason for failing to vote or pay a $20 penalty.

ELECTION DAY: Vvoters line-up at Hervey Bay High School to cast their votes in this years Federal Election.
ELECTION DAY: Vvoters line-up at Hervey Bay High School to cast their votes in this years Federal Election. Alistair Brightman

If you fail to reply or cannot provide a valid reason then the matter could be referred to a court with the potential for further fines of up to $180 or a criminal conviction.

What the AEC considers a valid reason for not voting is at the discretion of a Divisional Returning Officer in each electorate.


Drug stash found on Charleville street, dobbed in by public

Premium Content Drug stash found on Charleville street, dobbed in by public

Police have dealt with two youths who are allegedly connected to a drug offence in...

Western Downs gas company signs government retailer

Premium Content Western Downs gas company signs government retailer

A Western Downs gas company announced a sales agreement with a Queensland...

Community rallies behind family after tragic two-year-old death

Community rallies behind family after tragic two-year-old...

FREE STORY: Western Downs communities are rallying behind a heartbroken Tara family...