As has been the case at other elections held in the last year, the 2021 Western Australian election will see major changes in when people vote.
As at the Northern Territory, ACT and Queensland elections in 2020, the WA Electoral Commission has responded to Covid-19 by actively encouraging voters to take advantage of postal and pre-poll voting options ahead of the state’s official polling day on Saturday 13 March.
As with every other Australian jurisdiction, the last decade has seen Western Australians move away from voting on election day. At the 2017 election, only 64.1% of votes were cast on polling day compared to 85.5% two decades ago.
Chart 1 below shows the percentage of formal votes cast in each vote category at WA elections since 1989.
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