Teenager ready to vote for the first time
FOR 18-year-old Laura Maeyke, voting for the first time at the upcoming Federal Election is a daunting prospect.
The Mundubbera teen, whose parents run the newsagent, said now the election had been called she would start researching.
"I'll look at the news and newspapers," she said.
"I'll start listening out to who has got the best input."
Miss Maeyke said she believed voting was important.
"Everyone should have their input on who the leader of the country is," she said.
According to recent research by the Australian Electoral Commission, only 131,418 of the 270,586 eligible 18-year-old voters are enrolled to vote.
That is about 50% of all 18-year-olds.
Miss Maeyke said she wanted to see more young people vote.
"I think that every vote counts and everyone should have an input and as I said before, everyone needs to have a say as to who is their leader," she said.
"All young people should go out and vote - I think it's a good idea."
Voters have until 8pm on May 23 to register to vote or to make sure their details are correct.
To register to vote, or to update your details, visit aec.gov.au.