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Early voting opens in SA election

Early voting has opened in the South Australian election with a significant number of people expected to take advantage of casting an early ballot.

The South Australian Electoral Commission has established 37 early voting centres across the state which will operate for the next two weeks.

“We understand that not everyone can get to a polling booth on election day due to circumstances such as work commitments, travel or illness,” Electoral Commissioner Mick Sherry said.

“We encourage eligible voters to plan ahead and choose an appropriate time in that two-week period to vote in-person.

“All early voting centres and polling booths will have socially distanced queues, sanitisation stations, mandatory mask-wearing, single-use pencils, fully vaccinated electoral officials and hygiene and density control officers in place.”

The same special measures will also be in place at polling centres on election day.

A record 1,266,719 people are enrolled and can vote in the March 19 election.

That’s an increase of 5.4 per cent on the 1,201,775 who were enrolled ahead of the 2018 poll.

Early voting centres will operate until March 18 while eligible voters who wish to apply for a postal vote have until March 17 to do so.

Between March 17 and election day, anyone with COVID-19, or required to isolate as a close contact, can pick up a voting pack at selected sites and also vote by post.

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