Keep up the good work, voters

DERWENT Valley electors remain ahead of the pack as the second week of voting gets under way in this year’s council elections.

As of yesterday’s mail, a further 669 votes have been cast in the Derwent Valley Council election, added to the 1495 that had been received last by Friday.

Australia Post last week delivered 7517 ballot packs to eligible voters in the municipality and as of yesterday morning 2164 had been returned, or 28.79%. This places the Derwent Valley ahead of the state average of 23.18% and the southern average of 23.36%.

Flinders Island remains the pacesetter with 37.82% of its ballots already returned while West Tamar voters are lagging behind with the lowest return rate of 19.87% so far. Last week’s wooden-spooner, Launceston, is marginally better with 20.29%.

The Tasmanian Electoral Commission encourages voters to fill out their ballot papers and get them in the mail 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 drop in to their local council office, or call the Tasmanian Electoral Commission on 1800 801 701 to ask for a replacement pack.

Meet all the Derwent Valley Council election candidates.

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