However, telephone voting is only available for people who tested positive for the virus after 6pm on Tuesday.
Independent candidate for the Melbourne seat of Kooyong, Dr Monique Ryan, said it’s “a major problem” and she’s heard from many people who are “very distressed”.
“I’m going to guess that young people, people who speak a different language at home, etc are VERY unlikely to have known about this.”
There are 17,228,900 Australians enrolled to vote.
More than five million Australians have already cast their vote in this year’s federal election. Source: SBS
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“However, the impact will be limited. We will have the absolute vast majority of the 7,000 polling places we operate across the nation on election day open and operating as per usual.”
Voters line up in Warruwi’s community hall, South Bathurst Island off the Northern Territory’s north coast. Source: AAP
On Wednesday, First Nations campaign director at advocacy group GetUp, Amy Gordon, said the closures would be tantamount to voter suppression in some of the electorates with the highestin the country.
Additional reporting by Sarah Collard.