VOTER TURNOUT IS IN THE TIMING
DID you bother to vote in the council elections? If not, you should forfeit your right to complain about the decisions your council is going to make. Maybe you are not too worried about the lowest tier of government, responsible for maintaining local streets, sports centres and community services, but you will know when the wrong person is voted in and you will kick yourself for not caring enough to vote. Off the back of the council amalgamation scare coupled with many impassioned voters (particularly in the Cambridge mayoral election), the western suburbs largely bucked the trend with most councils enjoying an increased turnout rate percentage. It could be a case of an “if it ain’t broke, don’t fix it” mentality. City of Vincent Mayor John Carey thinks the timing might have something to do with the low rate. He said ballot papers were sent out late this year, coinciding with school holidays, and he has argued that the council election date should be moved to increase voter participation. I am for changing the election date to get more people voting and maybe it is time to consider extending compulsory voting to local government.