WAKE UP & VOTE!
Apathetic voters who slumber through council elections deserve everything they get, so ...
COMPLACENT residents are making a mockery of democracy in the suburbs, with only a small fraction having bothered to vote in this year’s council elections.
Election officials estimate as many as 70 per cent of eligible voters will ignore the opportunity to drive the future of their area.
With just a week to the voting deadline on October 19, a look at the number of returned ballots in the western suburbs paints a poor picture.
In 2017, 34.58 per cent of metropolitan voters took part in the non-compulsory elections, and just 28.59 per cent made the effort in 2015.
A WA Electoral Commission spokeswoman said a similar number of postal ballots had been returned yesterday compared with 2017, but revealed most electors voted within the first week of receiving their postal voting packages. That means this election’s turnout will again struggle to reach one third.
Participation is even low in the City of Subiaco, which had the third highest participation rate of 46.15 per cent two years ago and has major development debates.
In Subiaco’s East ward, just 21.69 per cent of ballot cards had been returned on Wednesday with the South ward attracting the most returns at 28.18 per cent.
Subiaco Mayor Penny Taylor said school holidays may have contributed to the low number of returned ballots.
“There’s still over 70 per cent of people who haven’t voted,” Ms Taylor said.
“South ward is a much smaller ward in Shenton Park with an engaged community interested in council outcomes and this may be why
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