WAITING: Local voter Grant Wade turned away when he saw how busy Airlie Beach PCYC was around lunch time today. Photo Inge Hansen / Whitsunday Times.
WAITING: Local voter Grant Wade turned away when he saw how busy Airlie Beach PCYC was around lunch time today. Photo Inge Hansen / Whitsunday Times. Inge Hansen

Long lines test voters patience

IF YOU turned up to the polling booths confronted by a long line of voters today, you weren't alone.

Whitsunday local, Grant Wade decided he'd come to the Airlie Beach PCYC around lunch time to cast his vote but immediately turned away.

"I came around midday and it was absolutely crazy and I couldn't even find a park," he said.

"I saw how many people were here so I decided I'd come back later when it was less busy."

The large crowds tested the patience of some voters and it didn't seem to help having a voting process that was somewhat confusing to some.

When Dawn Craig headed to the polling booths, she was taken by surprise when she saw the size of the senate paper - over a metre long.

And as the size of the senate paper made for a thick, folded bulk, volunteers found the voting box filling rapidly.

"It's absolutely ridiculous having this long senate paper with silly parties that don't really mean anything," Ms Craig said.

"A lot of my friends were trying to understand the new voting system because it's not very clear."

When asked if an online system would make the process easier, Ms Craig said it could make a huge difference.

"Online could potentially be fool proof," she said.

Others in the queues today agreed, saying with virtually everything else online these days, the polling booth system seemed inconvenient and out of date.


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