Postal voting | NTEC

Postal voting

You can apply for a postal vote and have the ballot paper sent to your nominated address. Applications for local government elections can be made within the 3-month period before election day.

A link to the application will appear on this page at the time of an election.

Please note that registered general postal voters are automatically sent ballot papers and are not required to lodge a new application.

When will the ballot paper be sent to me?

Once the declaration of nominations is conducted, ballot papers are printed and ballot material is forwarded as soon as possible thereafter.

What is the latest despatch of ballot material?

The mail-out of ballot material ceases at 6:00 pm on:

  • the Tuesday before election day, to forwarding addresses outside Australia.
  • the Thursday before election day, to forwarding addresses within Australia.

Your application must reach the commission before 6:00 pm to allow enough time for postage.

When do I complete my ballot paper?

You must complete your ballot paper before 6:00 pm on election day.

Post your ballot paper, using the reply paid envelope, to the commission so it is received before 12:00 noon on the first Friday following election day.

You can also hand-deliver the envelope to:

  • an electoral official at any voting centre during opening hours
  • a Northern Territory Electoral Commission office.

Authorised witness

When completing your postal vote certificate and filling in your ballot paper, you must have an authorised witness present.

Who can be an authorised witness?

An authorised witness can be:

  • a person enrolled on the Commonwealth electoral roll - if you are within Australia or an external Territory.
  • a person who is at least 18 years of age - if you are overseas.

What is required of an authorised witness?

An authorised witness must be satisfied as to your identity and see you sign the certificate envelope.

What do I do when the witness is present?

You must show the unmarked postal ballot papers to the witness and, in their presence, sign your name on the certificate envelope.

The witness must sign his or her name on the certificate envelope and insert the date and time.

You must then, in the presence of the witness but so that the witness cannot see your vote:

  • complete the ballot paper in order of your preference
  • fold the ballot paper and place it in the postal vote certificate envelope