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Federal election 2022: ‘Teal’ independent Monique Ryan to take AEC to court over COVID positive voters issue

A high-profile Victorian ‘teal’ independent is planning to take the Australian Electoral Commission to court after it was revealed some COVID positive Australians would be prevented from voting in Saturday’s election.

Monique Ryan, the candidate in Josh Frydenberg’s seat of Kooyong, announced on social media that she will be taking Special Minister of State Ben Morton to the Federal Court on Friday seeking to challenge the legality of a regulation the AEC said would stop possibly hundreds of thousands of people isolating with COVID-19 from being able to vote, The Guardian reported.

Ms Ryan launched a crowdfunding appeal for $60,000 on Thursday, to cover the costs of the challenge, and has since raised more than $73,000.

A spokesman for Ms Ryan said the legal challenge will technically be brought on behalf of an impacted voter.

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