Forced to vote

Western Suburbs Weekly - - Western Opinion -

LAST Satur­day's vot­ing pa­per for the Leg­isla­tive As­sem­bly re­quired the voter to num­ber pref­er­ences from one to seven.

The voter might not wish to sup­port one or more of the listed can­di­dates in any cir­cum­stance, yet must do so to complete a valid pa­per.

Why can­not we just num­ber our 'real' pref­er­ences as de­sired (within the to­tal limit) and leave blank the boxes for those we do not want to sup­port?

Pref­er­ences could still be counted.

This would per­mit sup­port for those can­di­dates de­sired, and avoid the risk that an un­wanted can­di­date could re­ceive enough pref­er­ences to be elected as a re­sult of the present sys­tem's obli­ga­tions.

BERNARD CATCHPOLE,

Mun­dar­ing.

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