Before Election Day

Early voting

The Commission recognises that not everyone can vote on polling day for a number of different reasons. Various options for voting before election day are available to eligible electors, but are subject to the strict timeline outlined by electoral laws.

Eligibility to vote early

Under amendments to the Electoral Act 1907 introduced in 2016, anyone who is eligible to vote in a State election may apply for an early vote at a polling place open on an early voting day, by applying for a postal vote or a phone assisted vote (for those that qualify).

Early voting (in person)

The WA Electoral Commission encourages electors to consider voting prior to election day, either by postal vote or at an early polling place for the 2025 election.

Mobile and Remote polling

During an election, the Commission visits hospitals and selected institutions such as nursing homes, aged care facilities and retirement homes to provide electors the opportunity to vote without having to leave their premises. Mobile polling is only available to residents or patients at these facilities. Staff and visitors can vote early at an early polling place, or at a polling place on polling day. 

Remote polling teams visit Indigenous communities, in the more remote parts of Western Australia in order to offer voting services.

Voting by post at every election

In some circumstances, you may be eligible to apply for registration as a general early voter. This means that ballot papers are automatically sent to you (by post) after an election has been announced and ballot papers have been printed.

An elector can apply to be registered as a general postal voter if the elector:

  • lives more than 20 kilometres by the nearest practicable route from the nearest polling place
  • is a patient in a hospital or similar institution
  • due to serious personal illness is physically unable to travel to a polling place
  • is caring for a person who is seriously ill or infirm
  • is aged 70 years or over
  • is registered as an overseas elector
  • is registered as a silent elector or
  • is an elector who because of religious beliefs, or membership of a religious order is precluded from attending a polling place for all or most of the hours of polling.

Register online or download a form to become a general postal voter (external link)

Local government elections

Most local government elections conducted by the Commission are postal elections, and packages will usually arrive approximately two weeks before polling day.