Wright residents urged to enrol for the vote before 8pm tonight

MAY DAY: The deadline for making sure your name is on the electoral roll is only hours away.
MAY DAY: The deadline for making sure your name is on the electoral roll is only hours away.

PEOPLE of voting age have until 8pm tonight to ensure they are on the electoral roll and therefore eligible to vote in the May 18 federal election.

Those who are currently on the roll but have moved house in the past three years also need to take action to update their details by tonight's deadline.

Independent candidate Innes Larkin invited voters in the Wright electorate to post a selfie to his Instagram account after they enrol.

"It is crucial that you have your say in this election as the decisions this next parliament makes are going to really affect your life," he said.

"The AEC has made it really straightforward and it only takes about five minutes of your day, less time than it takes to post the instagram selfie to my feed @innesforwright showing that you have done it afterwards."

Electoral Commissioner Tom Rogers said all Australian citizens aged 18 and older are required by law to enrol and vote in the election.

"We've had hundreds of thousands of enrolment transactions submitted since the election was announced and there are now only hours left for people to sort out their enrolment," Mr Rogers said.

"If they're not on the roll, they'll need to complete an enrolment form as soon as possible today and get it to the AEC before the deadline of 8pm.

"The quickest and easiest way to join the roll or update your details is by going on to the AEC website aec.gov.au and completing the online enrolment form immediately."