The Australian Electoral Commission is working to ensure all voters know what to do when they have their federal election ballot papers in front of them

ARE you confident you know how to cast your vote correctly?

It may sound like a simple question, but at the last federal election more than 700,000 votes could not be counted as the ballot papers were filled out incorrectly.

Due to the recent NSW election, which utilises a different voting system, the Australian Electoral Commission (AEC) is working to ensure all voters know what to do when they have their federal election ballot papers in front of them.

On the green House of Representatives ballot paper, you must number every box.

On the white Senate ballot paper, you can either number at least one to six above the line, or at least one to 12 below the line.

Voters who are unsure how to cast their vote are being urged to practice using the interactive practise tool on the AEC's website www.aec.gov.au/practise

If you are unsure or make a mistake while at the polling place, the AEC says you can always ask a polling officer for help.

In addition, translated AEC materials covering how to vote correctly, among other topics, are also available in 29 languages for voters who may prefer this.

So, just a couple of days before the 2019 federal election, it's crucial to know where you can vote to make your voice heard.

As the result looks to be increasingly tight, it's important for the nation to get out in numbers and make its decision.

There are dozens of polling places around the Hunter and New England region for the public to cast their ballot paper.

In Muswellbrook, the Indoor Sports Centre on Rutherford Road and PCYC on Carl Street will be the locations to go.

The schools will play host down the highway, as both Singleton Public and Singleton Heights Public open their doors to voters, as well as Singleton High.

Around the region, Branxton Community Hall, Broke Public School, Denman Anglican Parish Hall, Glendon School of Arts, Greta Arts & Sports Community Hall, Jerrys Plains School of Arts, Kirkton Public School, Milbrodale Public School, North Rothbury Bush Fire Brigade Station, Sandy Hollow Public School will be the nominated points for polling.

There are eight candidates vying for the Hunter seat, as current MP Joel Fitzgibbon, The Nationals' Josh Angus, One Nation's Stuart Bonds, United Australia Party's Paul Davies, Janet Murray of the Greens, Animal Justice Party's James Murphy, Christian Democrat Party candidate Richard Stretton, who also ran at the state election, and Socialist Equality Party's Max Boddy fight it out for power.

For New England, there are also several places within the Upper Hunter for voters to attend come May 18.

Scone High, Scone Public and the Scone Senior Citizens Centre will be available for the region's largest town in the lower part of the electorate.

For the more remote communities there will also be a raft of options with Aberdeen, Blandford and Cassilis Public Schools, Gundy Soldiers Memorial Hall, Murrurundi CWA Rooms and the Wingen School of Arts being on hand for residents. Like in the Hunter, those registered to have a say will have eight candidates to choose from.

The ballot paper will feature United Australia Party' Cindy Duncan, The Greens' Tony Lonergan, Australian Labor Party's Yvonne Langenberg, Christian Democrats' Julie Collins, independents Rob Taber, Natasha Ledger, Adam Blakester and incumbent MP Barnaby Joyce, of The Nationals.

Polls open at 8am and close at 6pm sharp.