Watch out, the youths are coming.
Yesterday the Australian Electoral Commission (AEC) released the latest enrolment figures for the 2019 federal election, with the impressive headline of “The best electoral roll in history”.
Why? Because a record 16,424,248 Australians are now enrolled to vote in the 2019 federal election. There were almost 100,000 additions to the roll in the week preceding the close of rolls, which has pushed the national enrolment rate to an extraordinary 96.8%.
Better still, youth enrolment is also at an all-time high, with an estimated 88.8% of eligible 18-24 year olds enrolled to vote. This has exceeded the national youth enrolment rate target, which the AEC sets at 80%. This youth enrolment rate is also slightly higher than it was for the marriage postal survey of 2017, when it was at 88.6%.
“There were around 70,000 18-24 year-olds among the additions to the roll during the close of rolls week,” Electoral Commissioner Tom Rogers confirmed.
“Such a complete roll is a credit to Australian citizens… It is something all Australians can be proud of,” he added.
Another win for the youth vote—this is the first federal election at which Australians born in the year 2000 are able to vote. Over 400,000 18-19 year olds are enrolled to vote for the 2019 federal election.
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To view the AEC’s full media release, The best electoral roll in history, click here.