Coun­cil re­jects postal vote op­tion for elec­tion

Manjimup-Bridgetown Times - - News - Ce­cilia Allen

AT­TEN­DANCE polling will re­main in place for the next Man­jimup Shire Coun­cil elec­tion fol­low­ing a de­ci­sion at the last coun­cil meet­ing.

The coun­cil has his­tor­i­cally sup­ported in-per­son elec­tions de­spite moves by other coun­cils in WA to in­clude postal vot­ing for or­di­nary elec­tions to in­crease voter par­tic­i­pa­tion lev­els.

Ar­gu­ments for and against come down to voter par­tic­i­pa­tion lev­els, fi­nan­cial costs and per­sonal con­tact by can­di­dates with elec­tors at an elec­tion, said Man­jimup shire pres­i­dent Paul Omodei.

“Postal votes typ­i­cally re­sult in a big­ger voter par­tic­i­pa­tion level but the ad­van­tage of at­ten­dance polling is that it doesn’t cost the shire as much,” Mr Omodei said.

Mr Omodei said at­ten­dance vot­ing also re­sulted in quicker re­sults be­cause count­ing takes place on the day of the elec­tion, how­ever more staff were needed to run the polls.

The an­tic­i­pated max­i­mum cost sce­nario for an in-per­son elec­tion based on elec­tions in all five wards, six va­can­cies and five polling points is $20,300, ac­cord­ing to the coun­cil.

Postal vot­ing would mean the West­ern Aus­tralian Elec­toral Com­mis­sion would con­duct the elec­tion on be­half of the coun­cil at an es­ti­mated cost of $33,278.

The next coun­cil elec­tion will be held on Oc­to­ber 21, 2017.

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