OVER many years I have acted as a political candidate's scrutineer at the poll count of local, state and federal elections.

On each occasion, when the poll for that booth has been completed I have left it with the assured knowledge, in conjunction with the scrutineers of the other candidates, that every vote cast in that booth has been counted and correctly allocated. The result for that booth is known within an hour or so of the election closing - there is no delay waiting for postal votes to arrive and be counted, and no chance of votes being 'lost' in the mail. Australians generally have faith in this transparent system, but have serious doubts about the not so transparent processing of postal votes.

Mayor Brunker is proposing to again deny the majority of us to have our votes lodged in this open and transparent manner in favour of a total postal vote.

One must question his motivation for this action as his assertion that it is to favour those who have difficulty getting to a polling booth is not tenable a there is still provision for this minority to cast a postal vote.

Attendance at polling booths is the normal manner in which Australians have voted at elections for centuries, and we in the Whitsunday Region Council area have the right to record our votes in the traditional Aussie way, and not the Mike Brunker way - you can let him know this at the election. 

Graham Wyatt

CANNONVALE

 


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