Vol­un­teers called as next elec­tion looms

The Queensland Times - - News -

IP­SWICH res­i­dents are be­ing asked to sign up and help de­liver the na­tion’s largest peace­time op­er­a­tion – a fed­eral elec­tion.

The Australian Elec­toral Com­mis­sion is ask­ing res­i­dents to sign up and de­liver the next elec­tion in Blair.

Fifty-six polling places will be staffed by 680 paid tem­po­rary elec­toral work­ers on elec­tion day.

About 80,000 tem­po­rary work­ers will be needed across Aus­tralia dur­ing the next elec­tion, with Ip­swich iden­ti­fied as an area to bol­ster ahead of the elec­tion pe­riod.

While the date for the next elec­tion is not yet known, the AEC is ask­ing peo­ple to regis­ter their in­ter­est now to en­sure there is a pool to choose from when the time comes.

Elec­toral com­mis­sioner Tom Rogers said the elec­tion was Aus­tralia’s largest peace­time event.

“It is cru­cial we en­sure the nec­es­sary prepa­ra­tions are un­der way well ahead of the elec­tion pe­riod so that every Australian has the op­por­tu­nity to have their say,” he said.

“There will be an elec­tion at some point within the next 12 months and we’re call­ing on peo­ple to regis­ter their in­ter­est for elec­tion work now so they can help their lo­cal com­mu­nity in the Blair elec­torate as part of this unique event.”

Mem­ber for Blair Shayne Neu­mann has been en­dorsed as La­bor’s can­di­date.

He stands to se­cure a seat in the Cab­i­net of a La­bor gov­ern­ment.

– Hay­den Johnson

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