The WA Electoral Commission is using social media such as Facebook and Twitter to encourage young people to enrol to vote in the State's upcoming election.

With an election less than two months away, the Electoral Commission is concerned about the low youth voting record, which is among the worst in the nation.

At 65.8 per cent enrolment, WA is about 10 per cent below the national average of 76.9 per cent.

The latest national figures show only the Northern Territory has a lower youth enrolment record than WA.

WA Electoral Commissioner Warwick Gately said research indicated more than 1.6 million West Australians would be eligible to vote in the March 9 election, but 225,000 were not on the electoral roll.

"Elections stimulate enrolment, but with census figures suggesting 1800 people are moving into the state every week, it remains a big challenge," he said.

Mr Gately said while WA's average voter participation rate had dropped seven per cent over the past decade, it was a common trend around the world.

He said a youth electoral study had shown young people had little sense of voting as a duty or privilege, but rather, they saw it as a law.

A campaign with a "You're the Voice" theme has been launched to target youth aged 18 to 25 through traditional media and social media including Facebook, Twitter and YouTube in a bid to raise enrolments.

The media push follows enrolment marquees and letter and birthday card campaigns from mid-2012, which involved a mail-out to 34,000 potentially eligible young voters just before Christmas.

Of almost 10,000 enrolment forms received so far from these campaigns, about 6000 had been from young people, the commission said.

People have been urged to visit www.elections.wa.gov.au and enrol by completing the online registration form and emailing or posting it to the commission.

The West Australian

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