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New South Wales State General Election March 2011

This Bulletin is current for Monday, 28 February 2011.

Australians visiting or residing in China are advised that there will be a
State General Election in New South Wales on Saturday 26 March 2011.
The New South Wales Electoral Commission has an iVote system to allow New
South Wales residents in China to vote remotely by telephone or Internet.
Additionally, the Australian Embassy in Beijing and the Australian Chamber
of Commerce (AustCham) in Shanghai will also offer voting services.
Enrolment
Residents and former residents of NSW are encouraged to first check their
enrolment status at www.votensw.info before 7 March 2011.

Voting
Early pre-poll voting is expected to begin from Wednesday 16 March 2011.
Enrolled voters in China may choose one of the following ways to vote:
1.    Voters can use the New South Wales Electoral Commission iVote system
to conveniently vote remotely by telephone or Internet.
·     You need to pre-register to use this service, and voters will be able
to register from 17 February onwards.
·     iVoting is available 24hrs per day until 6:00pm on Friday 25 March.
It is NOT available on Election Day, Saturday 26 March 2011.
·     More information is available at http://www.ivote.nsw.gov.au or by
calling 1300 24 86 83.

2.    Voters can vote in-person at the Embassy during business hours, from
Wednesday 16 March until Thursday 24 March.  Please note that voting
services will NOT be available at the Embassy on Friday 25 March or on
Election Saturday 26 March 2011. The address of the Embassy is 21
Dongzhimenwai Dajie, Sanlitun, Beijing 100600.

In Shanghai, voting in person will be available at the Australian Chamber
of Commerce (AustCham). The address is Suite 1101B, Silver Court , 85
Taoyuan Road (near Xizang South Road), Shanghai  200021  China.  Telephone:
(021) 6248 8301 or fax: (021) 6248 5580

3.    Voters can apply for a postal vote.  Further information regarding
postal voting is available from the website
http://votensw.info/early_voting/postal.  All postal voting papers should
be sent directly to the NSW Electoral Commission in Australia, as the
Embassy in China has no role in postal voting.  Due to slow postal services
in many areas in China, those voting by post should apply as soon as
possible.

For further information or enquiries in regard to your enrolment and voting
options, please go to www.votensw.info or call the NSW Electoral Commission
call centre on +61 1300 135 736.

Yours sincerely,
Consular Section
Australian Embassy (Beijing)



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