Voters have revealed social pressures caused them to vote for a party they did not agree with during Saturday's ballot.
Rowville resident Belinda Hakmeh, 30, lives in the Aston electorate and said she felt pressured by her Pentecostal Christian community to vote Liberal.
“For those who don’t know much about politics, what other choice do they have? If it’s the dominating party,” Ms Hakmeh said.
Returned Prime Minister Scott Morrison is a devout Pentecostal Christian.
Ms Hakmeh said some members of her community felt she was “bewildered” by the damage a Labor or Greens Government could have had on Australia.
“If you openly express that you’ve voted for a party that you shouldn’t vote for (in their eyes) then it can be condemning a little bit. I’ve even been called naive,” she said.
“It makes it hard to open up discussion [when] there’s so much emotion attached to politics in my community, whatever you say they’re going to think and tell you that you’re wrong.”
In the electorate of Chisholm, dirty tricks were used to try and sway voters.
Liberal candidate Gladys Liu and Labor candidate Jennifer Yang were locked in a tight race to become the first Chinese-born Australian to be elected to the lower house.
However, signs posted at a polling booth mimicked official Australian Electoral Commission communication, but instructed people in Mandarin to vote Liberal.
Wantirna South resident Fuli Jiang, 27, was worried the signs would impact the way the Chinese community would vote.
"I'm not surprised by the Chinese signs urging my people to vote Liberal," Mr Jiang said.
"I worry they [might] give in too easily because my culture looks out for each other.
"I think more effort [is] needed to make sure clear voting options are presented to international Australian citizens."
However, Mitcham resident Lisa Dang, 29, disagreed the signs would influence voters.
“[The signs] may be misleading but I don't think it'll deceive everyone,” Ms Dang said.
“If they are citizens they should have a better understanding of how to vote. It’s our role in a democracy such as this," she said.
“If they're educated and can read English, or can't, but are well versed in politics then surely they’re not that silly.”
Social worker Fiona Hallworth said social pressures on how to vote were not only potentially harmful to democracy, but also to people's sense of wellbeing.
"If too much pressure is placed then it can be harmful on mental health and they will feel they will be rejected, so they will vote in ways to be accepted,” Ms Hallworth said.
“This can cause high anxiety as they are so overwhelmed and can lead them deeper into depression," she said.
"It could also make them withdraw further from people due to feeling they don't belong, as they can't fully conform, which means they aren't being true to themselves.
“With being misled to voting for the wrong party this could do similar things and can add to disenfranchised grief, which is difficult for people to deal with, as they don't feel they have a right to grieve."