It may be convenient for that once-in-every-three-years vote in a federal election, but parliamentarians believe the amount of time allotted for pre-polling is eroding the integrity of the campaign process.
The May election saw a record number of Australians casting their vote during the three weeks of pre-polling.
In a submission to the Joint Standing Committee on Electoral Matters' inquiry into the 2019 federal election, senior Liberal minister Paul Fletcher said the purpose of pre-poll voting is to provide an alternative to those who are physically unable to attend a polling place on polling day.
"It should not be provided simply on the grounds of offering greater convenience to voters," he said.
He said the three weeks of pre-polling made it more challenging for all parties to communicate their policies to voters in the lead-up to the election.
He was also troubled that the Australian Electoral Commission adopted a policy of encouraging and facilitating pre-polling, while expanding the number of pre-poll booths.
"This is not an appropriate decision for unelected officials to take. It is a decision which should only be made by the parliament," he said.
Mr Fletcher said pre-polling should be reduced to one week.
Bob Katter, the member for Kennedy and leader of Katter's Australian Party, agreed, saying many voters have no legitimate reason for voting early.
Pre-polling was set up for those unable to attend a polling booth on election day - whether for religious purposes, work, sport, going overseas or on holidays in remote places.
"Unfortunately, early voting has become the popular way to vote," Mr Katter said in submission.
"Reducing the voting period will ensure those who have a legitimate reason are able to pre-poll but the AEC needs to be stricter with their policy of who can vote early."
Former Nationals leader Barnaby Joyce in his submission took on the concentration of senators in capital cities.
"It is a farce and to be frank many Australians would be pressed to name more than a couple of the senators in their state," Mr Joyce says.
"They are not in an office where then can be readily seen and identifiable to the needs of constituents."
Instead, he believes there should be six regions within a state with two senators per region.
But in a speech in London this week, Senate president Scott Ryan disagreed with the proposal, saying it disregards the population distribution within a state.
"It would mean that rather than just variances in populations between the states, it would also ensure massive variations in populations within states electing individual senators," he said.
"The current Senate is actually very reflective of the national vote despite the differences in state populations. But this proposal would destroy that."
Australian Associated Press