Council election votes now exceed 50%

MORE than half of the eligible voters have now had their say in this year’s Derwent Valley Council election.

As of yesterday’s mail, a total of 3858 votes had been cast in the local election, representing a participation rate of 51.32% compared to the state average of 49.82%.

Flinders Island maintains its lead with 72.36% of its ballots already returned while Clarence is now the wooden-spooner with 44.74% participation. West Tamar and Launceston continue to lag with participation rates of just over 45% so far.

With today’s Royal Hobart Show Day public holiday in the south, it has now reached the stage where those people still intending to vote should do so by dropping off their ballot pack to their local council chambers rather than sending it by post.

The Tasmanian Electoral Commission encourages voters to fill out their ballot papers and return them as soon as possible, to make sure their votes are counted. The cutoff is at 10am on October 30 and any votes still in the mail will not be counted.

Any elector who has not yet ​received their ballot pack should visit their local council office, or call the Tasmanian Electoral Commission on 1800 801 701 to ask for a replacement pack.

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