Port Augusta residents can start voting for the March 15 state election after the printing of ballot papers and opening of early voting centres.
Printing of House of Assembly ballot papers commenced late Monday after the close of candidate nominations, while printing of the Legislative Council voting papers commenced on Tuesday following the draw for positions.
South Australia’s electoral commissioner Kay Mousley said the first batch of ballot papers received from the printers would be sent to early voting centres around Australia and overseas.
Others would be used to return postal votes to those who had already lodged applications.
“The Early Voting Centres open today (Friday, February 28), and postal votes are now being sent out,” she said
Ms Mousley said printing the green House of Assembly and white Legislative Council ballot papers was one of the largest and most complex printing contracts awarded in South Australia.
“The printers deal with 47 different House of Assembly ballot papers – one for each district – and a Legislative Council paper that does not conform to a standard paper size,” she said.
Ms Mousley said the first mobile polling teams would begin visiting remote areas of the state from next week.
Port Augusta's early voting centre is located at 77 Commercial Road, for others around the state head to the electoral commission's website www.ecsa.sa.gov.au