Thank you for your letter dated 5th October seeking feedback about the approach to be taken by the Electoral commission in terms of supporting residents of aged care homes to vote in the March 2022 State Election. We commend the consideration and planning to support older citizens to exercise their right to vote.
We strongly encourage the first approach. A proactive investment in supporting older citizens to vote is critical. Relying upon aged care staff, brochures and instructions is not sufficient. Given the extent of vaccination and the protocols now in place in aged care homes, it is not necessary or valid to stop the visits of Electoral Commission Officials (electoral officials) to aged care homes.
Residents must be supported either to undertake a postal vote or complete a valid ballot with help provided by electoral officials attending their aged care home, complete a valid ballot.