Thursday, May 19, 2022

Why having COVID-19 is NOT an excuse not to vote

The Australian Electoral Commission has released guidelines on how people can still cast their vote if they test positive to COVID-19 in the final days before the election.

Those who test positive to the virus from today, and will still be in isolation until after polls close on Saturday, will have to apply for a postal vote.

Applications for a postal vote will be open until 6pm on Wednesday.

People who test positive to COVID-19 from Wednesday onwards will be able to vote via telephone.

Australian Prime Minister Scott Morrison and Australian Opposition Leader Anthony Albanese shake hands during the third leaders' debate at Seven Network Studios on Day 31 of the 2022 federal election campaign, in Sydney, Wednesday, May 11, 2022. (AAP Image/Mick Tsikas) NO ARCHIVING
Camera IconAustralian Prime Minister Scott Morrison and Australian Opposition Leader Anthony Albanese shake hands during the third leaders’ debate at Seven Network Studios. Credit: MICK TSIKAS,AAPIMAGE

Electoral Commissioner Tom Rogers said while elections were “in-person community events”, the electoral commission continued to accommodate necessary changes for the global pandemic.

“We’re accounting for the pandemic in many aspects of election delivery, including options for COVID-19 positive voters in isolation,” he said.

“Applications this late in the election period should only be submitted by voters who have no other voting option.”

According to the AEC, about 2.5 million postal vote applications have already been received, up from $1.5 million from the 2019 election.

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