Covid positive Aussies given greenlight to vote over the phone

Thousands of COVID-positive Aussies will now be eligible to have their say in the Federal Election after urgent changes to voting rules.

Lawyers were preparing to mount a Federal challenge after it was revealed some voters who tested positive to the virus between Saturday and Tuesday would have missed their chance to vote.

But the Australian Electoral Commission has confirmed this morning that it is extending phone voting for anyone who has tested positive since last Friday.


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“Electoral Commissioner Tom Rogers has this morning signed a brief to Government recommending that eligibility for the telephone voting service for people who have tested positive to COVID-19 be expanded,” the AEC said in a statement.

The Federal Government, in consultation with the Federal Opposition, immediately accepted the advice provided this morning.

It means any voter who has tested positive for COVID-19 after 6pm Friday 13th May will be able to access the Secure Telephone Voting service.

With one day to go, more than 4.6 million Australians have voted at an early voting centre, which is on track to eclipse the 2019 total of 4.7 million and set a new record.