Gov’t dispatches 38 mobile polling teams

CITIZENS' DUTY. Australian citizens cast their ballots during the pre elections vote at the Australian embassy in Jakarta, Indonesia, 30 August 2013. Australia will hold federal elections on 07 September 2013. EPA/Mast Irham

From the frozen Antarctic to the dry and remote Outback, millions of Australians will cast their ballots on September 7 in an election that poses logistical challenges in a continent-sized country. Voting is compulsory and a record 14.71 million Australians are registered to make their mark at some 7,500 polling booths set up at schools, surf clubs, church halls and community centers. With many people living in far-flung locations, 38 polling teams began criss-crossing the enormous country to reach more than 400 isolated communities. Electoral Commissioner Ed Killesteyn said the teams expected to cover more than 3.4 million square kilometers by road, air and sea to reach pastoral properties, small towns, tourist resorts and mine sites.

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