Telephone voters stuck at home with COVID-19 were more likely to back Labor
“People who get COVID tend to be younger demographics who are more likely to vote left,” he said.
“It may also be related to employment, it may also be that you have … more left-wing voters working in sectors where they are also more likely to be exposed to COVID. I don’t have any proof of this, but that’s what I suspect.
Health department data shows that the number of COVID-19 cases is highest among people between the ages of 20 and 29.
The only seats where the Labor vote was lower in the COVID-19 booths were Blaxland, McMahon, Lingiari, Kingston, Wills and Cooper, the Liberal-owned banks and the Mallee national seat.
Australia’s Electoral Commission has put in place special telephone voting arrangements for people who have caught the virus or had to self-isolate under health rules in the week before Election Day on May 21. People were able to call in through a two-step registration and voting process. , and a polling station worker read his ballot and voted. While the rate of informal votes was well below that of the general population, there were still a handful of informal ballots cast by telephone in each electorate.
The eligibility of those who could vote by telephone was changed the day before the election to ensure that people who had fallen ill but had not requested a postal vote in time were not disenfranchised.
In the end, 75,368 votes were cast by people phoning for assistance from AEC workers. A quarter of them were people living in seats in Western Australia, where the state was experiencing its first major wave of COVID-19 after ending its internal border restrictions in March.
There were an average of 1,291 telephone voters in each WA seat, followed by an average of 803 in South Australian electorates. In the rest of the country, the average was 381 people voting by telephone. There are an average of 113,000 registered voters in each constituency.