Southern Gazette (South Perth) - - Opinion -

IN the lead-up to lo­cal gov­ern­ment elec­tion day on Oc­to­ber 17, I re­mind peo­ple we have un­til Au­gust 28 to up­date our ad­dresses on the State Elec­toral Roll.

If our de­tails on that roll are cur­rent, we will be as­sured of a postal vote in both the may­oral elec­tion and coun­cil elec­tion for our City of South Perth ward.

Given that 50.83 per cent of peo­ple el­i­gi­ble to vote in the City of South Perth did so in the amal­ga­ma­tion poll held ear­lier this year, let's hope they are still around to vote in Oc­to­ber.

In ad­di­tion, peo­ple who are rent­ing their ac­com­mo­da­tion get a postal vot­ing pack­age sent to them, so it is a fur­phy for any­one to say “I'm rent­ing and didn't know that I could vote”.

I fear too many votes are de­clared in­valid be­cause vot­ers fail to read and fol­low the in­struc­tions on what to do be­fore post­ing their vote back to the WA Elec­toral Com­mis­sion.

If you are happy with the way your coun­cil is gov­ern­ing, then show it by vot­ing. Peo­ple un­happy about some as­pect are said to be more likely to vote. CAROL ROE, Man­ning.

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