Errors as ballot papers arrive

SEEING DOUBLE: Whitsundays resident Laurel Renton has recieved two ballot papers in the one envelope in the lead up to the upcoming local election.
Photo Rohan O'Neil / Whitsunday Times
SEEING DOUBLE: Whitsundays resident Laurel Renton has recieved two ballot papers in the one envelope in the lead up to the upcoming local election. Photo Rohan O'Neil / Whitsunday Times

WHEN Laurel Renton of Cannonvale received her voting material in the post, she was surprised to receive two mayoral ballot papers.

She is one of many local residents who have reported errors after receiving their ballot papers which are being distributed by the Queensland Electoral Commission.

Other people have reported receiving blank ballot papers and many residents are concerned they have not received ballot papers at all.

With errors occurring and many people expressing concerns over postal voting, the Whitsunday Regional Council's CEO has been quick to point out that the election is not being run by the council.

Mr Finlay confirmed again this week that council had no involvement in the voting process.

He said the ballot papers were addressed to the Returning Officer for the Whitsunday Regional Council election who was employed by the Electoral Commission of Queensland.

"The ballot papers do not come to council and we take no part in the collecting or counting of votes," he said.

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