Voters give thought to drawing the line on poll


THE problem of voting above or below the line in the Clarence Valley local government election on March 5 was thrashed out at a meet-thecandidates gathering at the Maclean Lower Clarence Services Club on Tuesday night.

Approximately 25 candidates addressed a packed auditorium at the club, with voters quizzing the candidates on how to vote issues.

President of event organiser, Maclean Chamber of Commerce, Jody Toyer, said the above or below the line issue occupied the most time during the evening.

"There was a lot of confusion on this issue, but I'm sure everyone who came to the meeting now understands the preferential voting system," Ms Toyer said.

The question of rates also occupied a good chunk of meeting time.

The evening was relaxed with a crowd of around 100 people leaving standing room only in the club.

"Bob Little was the MC and he did a marvelous job, keeping the evening running smoothly," Ms Toyer said.

Each speaker received three minutes ? there was a warning bell at two minutes and a final bell a minute later ? followed by questions.

"Most speakers stuck to their three minutes and the whole thing lasted about twoand-a-half hours," she said.

"Everyone felt comfortable about openly expressing themselves on the issues."

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