COVID-19 coronavirus: 2021 State Election

Information on COVID-19 safety measures for voters at the 2021 State Election.

Last updated: 26 February 2021 at 3.26pm

Precautionary measures have been put in place to help manage the risks around COVID-19 during the 2021 State Election period.

The below resources will help you plan how, when, and where you are going to vote.

Everyone is eligible to vote early and you do not need a reason to submit an early vote, either in person or by post.

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Postal votes


To help minimise physical contact at voting centres, postal voting is available at the 2021 election.

You can apply for a postal vote by:

  • Submitting an online application for a postal voting package at the WA Electoral Commission website. (external link)
  • Contacting the WA Electoral Commission’s Call Centre at 13 63 06 to have an application form posted out to you.  

Once you have applied and your enrolment checked, ballot papers will be sent to you from 22 February onwards.

By law, the WA Electoral Commission cannot accept postal vote applications after 6pm on 10 March 2021.

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Early in-person voting


To help reduce crowd numbers on Polling Day, early in-person voting is also available at the 2021 election.

You can submit an early vote in person from Wednesday 24 February at any of the Early Voting Centres (external link) across WA.

Most of the Early Voting Centres will also be open on Saturday 6 March. 

For a list of locations and opening hours of early voting centres, visit the WA Electoral Commission (external link).


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Returning West Australians


If you are a returning West Australian and unable to submit a vote on Polling Day due to COVID-19 quarantine restrictions:

Before travelling to WA, you are encouraged to complete an early vote, either via post or in person at an interstate or overseas Early Voting Centre. 

If you are unable to submit a vote due to COVID-19 quarantine restrictions, please contact the WA Electoral Commission’s Call Centre at 13 63 06 or visit the WA Electoral Commission website (external link).


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Mandatory contact registers 


To help with contact tracing, the WA Electoral Commission will use the SafeWA QR Code system at all Polling Places and Early Voting Centres.

The SafeWA app can be downloaded from the Apple App Store and Google Play Store.

If electors are unable to use the SafeWA app, a manual contact register system will be in place.

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COVID-19 safety measures at voting venues


When visiting an Early Voting Centre or Polling Place, please stay 1.5m apart from others when queuing, being served, and marking your ballot papers.

The WA Electoral Commission asks that people bring their own pen or pencil. Single-use pencils will also be available if required.

Physical distancing rules and increased cleaning may mean voting will take a little longer than normal so make sure you plan ahead when visiting a Polling Place.

For more information about the measures put in place to help protect electors and polling staff, please see the WA Electoral Commission’s COVID-19 FAQS (external link).


Page reviewed 27 February 2021