Council rejects postal vote option for election
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.