Voters who are unable to get to an early voting centre or an election day voting centre may apply for a postal vote.

Postal vote application

postal vote application form can be submitted online for NT Legislative Assembly Elections in the calendar year of the election.

A postal vote application is only valid for the election at which you apply and can be made at the time of an election if you are temporarily away from your normal address e.g. if you are on holiday and will not be near a voting centre for that election.

Registered postal voter application

You can apply to be a Registered Postal Voter (RPV) and you will automatically be sent ballot papers for all Commonwealth, Legislative Assembly and Local Government elections until you change your enrolled address. This is generally for people who are enrolled at an address that is not near a voting centre.

During an election Registered Postal Voters will receive a postal voting pack. The pack will contain postal voting directions that explain what you need to do.

You may apply to be a Registered Postal Voter if you satisfy one of the following criteria:
  • live more than 20 kilometres from a voting centre, including a place where mobile voting will be conducted
  • are a patient at a hospital or nursing home where voting will not take place
  • are not in hospital but, due to serious illness or infirmity, are unable to travel from your home to a voting centre
  • cannot travel to a voting centre because you are caring for a person who is seriously ill or infirm
  • are registered as a silent elector
  • are an elector whose religious beliefs, or membership of a religious order, preclude you from attending a voting centre for all or most of the hours of voting
  • are registered as an overseas elector
  • are a member of the defence force, or a defence civilian who is serving outside Australia
  • are an Australian Federal Police officer or staff member who is serving outside Australia
  • are unable to sign your name due to physical incapacity
  • are serving a prison sentence of less than 3 years, on remand or in periodic detention.

How does postal voting work?

After the public declaration of nominations and the draw to determine the order of candidate names on the ballot paper, ballot papers are printed. Ballot material is then forwarded, as soon as possible, to any voter applying for postal vote material.

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

  • Tuesday, 4 days before polling day to forwarding addresses outside Australia; and 
  • Thursday, 2 days before polling day to forwarding addresses within Australia.

In order to be admitted to the count, a postal vote must be completed before 6:00 pm on election day. It must also be either:

  • delivered to a voting centre before 6:00 pm on election day; OR
  • received by the Commission before 12:00 noon on the second Friday following election day.

Registered postal voters are automatically sent ballot papers and are not required to lodge a new application for each election.

Note: There are requirements for the completion of postal voting ballot papers and signing and witnessing of declaration envelopes. See qualifications and duties of witness below.

Qualification of Witness

The following persons are qualified to witness the declaration certificate envelope containing completed postal ballot papers:

  • within Australia or an external Territory, an officer appointed by the Commission; or
  • person enrolled on an electoral roll kept under the Commonwealth Electoral Act; or
  • in any other place – a person who is at least 18 years.

Duties of a Witness

A person witnessing the declaration envelope must:

  • satisfy himself or herself as to the identity of the applicant;
  • see the applicant sign the declaration; and
  • be satisfied that the statements contained in the declaration are true.