Bid for flyer-free booth
Postal vote bid rejected but Cr Burnett has another plan for vote
WITH the application for a postal vote for the Gladstone Regional Council by-election rejected, Mayor Matt Burnett is looking for other ways to make the process easier for voters.
Cr Burnett wants a flyerfree booth at Gladstone PCYC but said it would only work if every candidate was in favour of it.
Drawing on his own experience campaigning, he said many residents turned down the flyers because they had already made their mind up.
“I’m the first to admit I’ll stand there and hand out cards all day but you see the reaction from the majority of people who say I’ve made my mind up, don’t waste the paper,” he said.
“If it goes ahead, people could go to the PCYC and know they won’t get hassled.”
Cr Burnett said if it went ahead it would be the first flyer-free booth in the Flynn electorate and if successful it could be replicated for future federal and state elections.
He said the candidates he had spoken to were in favour of the move.
“Four people have agreed but there’s two other potential candidates ... for it to work all the candidates need to be in favour of it,” he said.
The by-election for the seat vacated by Cindi Bush is expected to take place mid-November.
Two residents, Natalia Muszkat and Col Burke, have announced their intention to nominate.
Cr Burnett expects nominations to open within a fortnight.
The council applied to have a postal vote, which he thought would be preferred by the community instead of a ballot vote.
In a letter in response to the application, acting minister for local government and Minister for Racing and Multicultural Affairs Yvette D’Ath said due to the costs, participation rate and population distribution of the region, a postal vote was not supported.