More Victorians predicted to vote early

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For the first time, more Victorians are expected to vote early this state election compared to those who wait for polling day.

About 4.4 million Victorians are predicted to be registered at the close of the roll at 8pm on November 8.

Early voting has grown each election, with more than 1.37 million votes cast early and 281,770 postal votes made in the 2018 election.

"Based on increases in early voting at the last few state elections, ordinary votes will account for potentially less than 50 per cent of the total vote in 2022," the Victorian Electoral Commission said in a media briefing on Monday.

In response, the commission will increase early voting sites by 50 per cent to 155 locations and add 620 more hours to manning the stations.

Early voting will run from November 14 to 25 with extended hours on November 15, 17 and 24.

Those early votes will also be able to be counted from 8am on election day, November 26, and the commission predicts 75 per cent of all votes by that night.

Overseas voters are encouraged to lodge postal votes.

COVID-19 protocols mean hospitals will be given postal vote forms for patients and telephone voting has been expanded for those isolating.

Due to law changes, it is now an offence for anyone other than the VEC to distribute postal votes.

The commission is also actively targeting misinformation and disinformation this election.