ABBY Iverson takes her right to vote seriously — so much so, she made sure she was enrolled well before she needed to be.
The year 12 James Fallon High School student turned 18 last month, two months after she enrolled.
“Voting is probably the one thing I was looking forward to about turning 18,” she said.
“I like politics, I like keeping up to date.
“It’s a little bit worrying what’s been going on lately.”
There’s no chance, then, of Abby and several of her James Fallon classmates, not having their say at next month’s federal election.
Those not enrolled with the Australian Electoral Commission have until Monday to do so — and figures released yesterday show there’s still almost 14,000 possible voters yet to register on the Border and in the North East.
Advocacy group GetUp yesterday said there were 8100 people aged 18 and over in the Wangaratta and Benalla area and 5700 in the Albury-Wodonga region still to enrol.
As a first-time voter, Abby said she hadn’t fully decided, but she liked Labor’s policies more at this stage.
Issues like university funding and support for students concerned her most because “it’s going to affect me a lot”.
Classmate Courtney Newnham believed the main parties’ asylum seeker policy would be a key factor.
“Labor’s (policy) was a poor decision,” she said.
“The whole country should have a say on it.”
Jack Evans said he was “definitely” going to enrol.
“Politics isn’t really my thing but I recognise the importance of it,” he said.
“If you’ve got a chance to a difference and have a say, then you do it.”
Enrolment closes at 8pm on Monday.
To enrol, go to aec.gov.au.