After what seems an eternity, Australians will finally go to the polls on September 7th and for us Aussies living in Japan with voting rights, it’s important that we get our vote in to avoid the $20 fine! (Note: for the non-Australian readers, voting, or at least getting your name ticked off, is compulsory for all Australian citizens over the age of 18.) The Australian Embassy in Tokyo has an advice page on how and where to vote however to summarise:
Early, in-person voting will be available at the embassy in Tokyo and the consulate offices in Osaka, Fukuoka and Sapporo from Monday August 26th.
To vote in Tokyo or Osaka, you just need to turn up between 9am and 5pm at their offices. The embassy and consulate will not be open on Saturday 31/8 or Sunday 1/9. Both offices will be open on ELECTION DAY between 10am and 4pm.
To vote in Fukuoka, you have to make an appointment. Please contact the Consulate -General to make a time.
To vote in Sapporo, you will also need to make an appointment. Please note the Sapporo Consulate will NOT be open on Election day.
All the information you will need can be found on via this link.If you would like to find out about postal voting, please contact the Australian Electoral Commission directly.Of course, no Australian Election Day would be complete without a sausage sizzle or cake stall outside the polling booth so I encourage you all, get those BBQs sizzling! Here’s some inspiration:
Election Day and a sausage sizzle: an aussie tradition!
And just because, well, it’s bloody funny, here’s a link to the Daily Show’s John Oliver take on the election.
Mum to three very loud boys and wife to a patient Japanese man, I'm Australian and moved to the Kansai area in 2012. Aside from navigating all the craziness of being a mum in another country, I work semi-full time and try to keep my sanity! Of course I clean but I don't cook!