OPINION: 'Make your vote count' - it's the last day to enrol

Today is the day folks! Australia will be heading to the polls soon and you only have until 8pm to register to vote in the 2019 federal elections.

Now, if your unsure of what is going on in our neck-of-the-woods, I suggest you have a gander at the Mail's wrap up of the division of Canning.

The feature provides an extensive background on our electorate and touches on the main players in the game.

Across the next few weeks, we'll be expanding on that coverage with profiles, questionnaires and explainers.

All this in an attempt to make sure you know who you want to vote for by the time polling day rolls around on May 18.

When I speak to people about the election they seem quick to express their views about political parties on a national scale. While this is important, I believe it's critical that people understand what's going on in their own backyard.

After all, when it comes to election day the ballot paper will list local candidates - not their leaders.

Whoever is elected for Canning will have the tough job of lobbying for their constituents - for you.

I believe everyone should exercise their right to vote. For me, the benefits outway the negatives. The main one being the opportunity to dig into a democracy sausage with pride that you've just made your vote count.

While prime minister Scott Morrision only visited the Governor-General Sir Peter Cosgrove on April 11, Canning has seen a lot of action on the political front prior to the writ being issued. If you're interested in finding out more, visit the Mail's website and have a look at our latest political coverage.

Also, in the lead up to the election we're calling on the community to let us know what their main priorities are and what questions they're keen to know the answers too.

- Caitlyn Rintoul is a senior journalist at the Mandurah Mail.