The anonymity of the vote makes it difficult to determine the reason, but unfamiliarity with English and the electoral system have both been cited as potential causes.
‘Institutional knowledge lacking’
“There’s a whole sort of institutional knowledge that’s lacking,” she said.
Voters attend an early voting centre at Edensor Park in the federal electorate of Fowler in Sydney, on Thursday, 19 May, 2022. Source: AAP / Dan Himbrechts
The Australian Electoral Commission (AEC) translates its advertising campaigns into over 33 different languages, translate voting instructions at voting centres, and contact community groups.
While the electorates of Fowler and Blaxland continue to have the highest proportion of informal votes, there was a reduction in the proportion of informal votes compared to the 2019 election.
“People are aware of politics, and more active and engaged in politics,” he said, “Younger people are getting more involved when they fully understand the implication each and every party has on their well-being”.