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PERTH’S res­i­dents have a woe­ful record of vot­ing in lo­cal gov­ern­ment elec­tions and it’s well be­yond time that changed.

Quite frankly, if you can’t be both­ered check­ing a box on a bal­lot pa­per that has been de­liv­ered to your house and tak­ing it to a mail­box, you have no right to com­plain about all of the things coun­cils do that af­fect your daily life.

At the lo­cal gov­ern­ment elec­tions in 2013 and 2015, an av­er­age of just 31.6 per cent voted in the ci­ties of Perth and Vin­cent coun­cil elec­tions. Across metropoli­tan Perth, the av­er­age was an ap­palling 27.5 per cent.

Do you not care about the im­post of rates on your hip pocket dur­ing tough eco­nomic times?

Are you un­con­cerned about high-rise build­ings pop­ping up in sur­round­ing streets?

Con­cerned your street has be­come a race­way for young hoons? Did you vote?

Postal votes will ar­rive in your let­ter­box from Septem­ber 27 if there is a con­test in your area.

We im­plore you to fill it in and take it straight to the mail­box. It is your duty and re­spon­si­bil­ity.

TWENTY four can­di­dates are locked in for po­si­tions on the two in­ner city coun­cils in Oc­to­ber’s lo­cal gov­ern­ment elec­tions.

The cut-off date to nom­i­nate as a can­di­date in lo­cal gov­ern­ment elec­tions was Septem­ber 14.

Dianne Bain, Lexi Bar­ton, Michael Felix, Reece Har­ley, Steve Hasluck, Xiao Liang, James Limnios, Terry Maller, Judy McEvoy, Scott O’Ke­effe, An­thony Olivieri, Dhan Shrestha, Michael Suther­land, Natasha Tang, Yue Xiu (Lynette) Wen and Yit-Kee (Keith)Yong will vie for the four po­si­tions on the City of Perth coun­cil.

Cur­rent coun­cil­lors James Limnios and Reece Har­ley have in­di­cated they would both throw their hats into the ring for Lord Mayor if Lisa Scaf­fidi loses her State Ad­min­is­tra­tive Tri­bunal ap­peals.

There has been a smaller turnout for the City of Vin­cent, with eight peo­ple cam­paign­ing for the four spots on that coun­cil.

Alex Cas­tle, Ryan Daw­son, Joanne Ma­ree Fo­takis and Aaron Ol­szewski are seek­ing a po­si­tion in the North ward, while Jonathan Hal­lett, Mai Nguyen, Joshua O’Keefe and Joshua Topel­berg have their sites set on a spot in the South ward.

Mr Topel­berg was first elected to coun­cil in the 2009 elec­tion and Mr Hal­lett won a po­si­tion in the Fe­bru­ary ex­tra­or­di­nary elec­tion.

Ms Nguyen ran in the Fe­bru­ary ex­tra­or­di­nary elec­tion but was un­suc­cess­ful.

There was a vot­ing turnout rate of 26.58 per cent for Vin­cent in the 2015 elec­tion.

The City of Perth had a turnout rate of 36.67 per cent at the elec­tion.

Postal votes start be­ing dis­trib­uted to­mor­row and must be re­turned by Oc­to­ber 21.

Pic­ture: An­drew Ritchie­mu­ni­ d474171

She­lia Davies, Gail Wil­liams and Jess Nes­bitt will be vot­ing in the lo­cal gov­er­ment elec­tions.

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