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First time voters kit launch: 160000 QLD young people eligible.



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Senator Natasha Stott Despoja Democrats Senator for South Australia

Dated: 06 September 2004 Press Release Number: 04/861

Portfolio: Electoral Matters & Public Administration Related: Children & Youth Affairs

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First Time Voters Kit Launched 160000 QLD Young People Eligible

The Australian Democrats today urged first time voters across the country to have their say at the ballot box by enrolling to vote before the rolls close tomorrow.

Senator Natasha Stott Despoja said first time voters would play a key role in the outcome of the upcoming Federal election.

"There are about 160,000 young people in Queensland who will be eligible to vote for the first time on October 9," Senator Stott Despoja said.

"The aim of our First Time Voters Kit is twofold. It aims to both encourage young voters to enrol to vote, and help to demystify our electoral system."

The kit contains an Electoral Enrolment form, an explanation of our preferential voting system, and some information on Democrats policies.

"Young people are a powerful political force and it is important they know how the electoral system works and how they can ensure their vote reflects their voting intentions," Senator Stott Despoja said.

"Every vote is important and votes are never wasted if cast correctly. Marginal seats in particular are often decided by only a handful of votes."

Senator Stott Despoja said it was not just young people, but also new Australian citizens, including former refugees and migrants, who needed to enrol to vote.

"Many people may not realise they only have til tomorrow night to ensure they are on the electoral roll," Senator Stott Despoja said.

The First Time Voters Kit will be distributed by Democrat candidates.

Printed: 8 September 2004

Authorised by: Marianne Dickie , 16 National Cct, Barton ACT 2604. http://www.democrats.org.au/news/index.htm