Telephone voting rules changed to allow Australians with Covid to vote in federal election

People who have tested positive for COVID will be permitted to vote over the phone this election due to a last-minute adjustment in voting laws.

it includes people who have tested positive since last Friday night and means more people will be eligible to vote over the phone.

Originally, the rules said only people who tested positive for COVID after Tuesday night (May 17)

Would be in isolation for polling day on Saturday May 21 would be able to use the phone system.

After an uproar — including threats of a legal challenge

The Australian Electoral Commission recommended on Friday morning

Phone voting should be extended to those who have tested positive since last Friday

The federal government accepted the recommendation shortly after it was made.

Voters who are blind or have low vision will also be able to vote over the phone

have been able to register for the service since May 9.

Close contacts without symptoms cannot use the phone service, because they are able to vote in person.