Philip and Annette Fielder, from Pingarra in Western Australia, cast their vote in the Federal election early at the Gladstone Early Voting Centre, 38 Herbert Street, yesterday.
Philip and Annette Fielder, from Pingarra in Western Australia, cast their vote in the Federal election early at the Gladstone Early Voting Centre, 38 Herbert Street, yesterday. Kerri-Anne Mesner

Long road to polling booth

GLADSTONE visitors Philip and Annette Fielder voted in the Federal election yesterday, after a bit of a kerfuffle.

The Western Australian couple, who are visiting their nephew, were given wrong directions to where they should go to cast an early vote.

“We thought we had to go in to the Post Office and do an absentee vote,” Mrs Fielder said.

“Someone at the caravan park said it would be at the court house but the court house had a sign saying it was here.”

It was the first time the couple, from Pingarra, ever voted early and they were still able to vote for their electorate and the Western Australian Senate candidates.

The Australian Electoral Commission’s Gladstone Early Voting Centre is at 38 Herbert Street, opposite Star of the Sea Catholic Primary School.

The centre is open today from 9am until 4.30pm.

It will be open Monday to Thursday from 8.30am to 5.30pm and Friday from 8.30am to 6pm.

People can vote early, either in person or by post, if on election day they will be outside the electorate where they are enrolled to vote; more than 8km from a polling place; travelling or unable to leave work; seriously ill, infirm or approaching childbirth (or caring for someone who is); a patient in hospital and can’t vote at the hospital; in prison serving a sentence of less than three years or otherwise detained; and unable for religious reasons to go to a polling place.

People can also vote early if they are a silent elector.



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