Elections can be a confusing time for everyone, from the unknown candidates, to sifting through policies and navigating the papers with seemingly endless boxes to tick.
Yet one portion of the Australian population are often forgotten during these times, despite needing more assistance than most to place their votes.
Refugees and new Australian citizens receive little education regarding how to participate in elections.
Constance Okot moved to Australia in 2005 from Sudan, and has been voting as an Australian citizen since 2007.
"I've voted a few times now, for mayor and premier and prime minister, even though I don't really know what I'm voting for," she said.
"We still don't really know what we are doing and who we are voting for but we do it anyway because we don't want to pay a fine."
Miss Okot said despite the process being a little overwhelming at first, it was vastly more positive than the process people went through in Sudan.
"In Sudan, or rather Africa in general, there is a lot of bribery. They bribe people to vote for them, they will give money to make people vote for them or they will be at the voting stations telling you want to do and make you scared if you don't listen," she said.
"There was a lot of pressure. If you don't want to vote for that person though, it is a problem, sometimes people are killed, there are a lot of killings because people are fighting for leadership. It's not always safe."
In Australia however, Miss Okot said the experience was far less threatening.
"Here though, even though you don't know who you are voting for, it is peaceful," she said.
"You vote, but the Government will always know what they're going to do, the issues aren't as serious as worrying about whether or not you will survive. I'm very happy with that, there's no fear."
One of the benefits of the Australian government and electoral system is the freedom of opinion, according to Miss Okot.
"You know you can go to the office of a politician here and just talk about whatever you want, you can have a say, and they will try to help as much as they can," she said.
"Even when the Prime Minister had the egg through at him, he was diplomatic about it. He just said I don't want this to happen, and the other parties supported him, they didn't cheer on the lady who threw it, they still said that it was not right."
One lady more recent to the voting scene is Htu San La Bang who moved to Australia in 2010 from Myanmar.
"I've only voted once now since moving here. It was very difficult at first, I didn't understand how to vote or who was good or bad," she said.
"For us though, we need a lot of education coming here as refugees, so we look at the candidates who are trying to better the education system."
Mrs La Bang said support from services like Wagga's Multicultural Council were a key factor in getting through the election process successfully.
"We are lucky to have people like Belinda here at the Multicultural Council to help answer any questions we have and clear up any concerns," she said.
The Multicultural Council provide a detailed fact sheet for new citizens looking at how and where to vote.
Mrs La Bang said she appreciated the chance to have an honest opinion contributed to the way the country is run.
"In Myanmar, everyone has to vote now but before I left there was no voting at all because it was in military control," she said.
"Even though people can vote now though, it's very corrupt. Someone can be dead, but they will have their name used to vote in favour of someone to get them through. So it is a big problem, there is no honesty."
One common opinion from Australia's new citizens is that the support they receive from both the community and the people in power gives them great confidence.
"The leaders actually care it seems, they listen and if they have the power to help they will, if not, they will figure out ways to change that," Mrs La Bang said.
"Wagga is particularly great, if we don't know, we have many options of people to ask and help us, and we don't get lost in the crowds.
"There are a lot of people from our nationality as well so it feels comfortable and we always have someone to turn to."
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