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It's a ‘privilege to vote'

Clifford Mitchell – Clarence Region returning officer for the local government elections at his office in Grafton.
Clifford Mitchell – Clarence Region returning officer for the local government elections at his office in Grafton. Adam Hourigan

CLIFFORD Mitchell has some advice he wishes to share.

The returning officer for the Clarence electorate is encouraging residents to get their votes in early for the upcoming local government election in September.

He said voting is a hard-won privilege and "something everyone should do".

"Financially speaking, if you do not vote you will incur a $55 fine.

"But if you are entitled to vote, it is your chance and your right to put forward your opinion," he said.

Mr Mitchell said 31 polling booths will be established throughout the Clarence Valley. He said the locations will be officially finalised by August 17.

As he prepares to oversee the election, Mr Mitchell is also encouraging any locals who are willing to work at the polling booths to register an expression of interest online at elections.nsw.gov.au.

"I will welcome anyone who wants to do it. It is a pretty arduous job and all the applicants will need plenty of stamina," he said.

Anyone who has not enrolled to vote has until July 30 to register.

Mr Mitchell said anyone who will be unable to vote at the September 8 election can vote by pre poll at 15 Prince St, Grafton between July 27 and September 7.

"People are also invited to issue a postal vote. Details are available online," Mr Mitchell said.

NB: Take proof of identification and your local address with you when you enrol to vote.

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