The 2016 federal election polling day. Locals cast their vote at Raceview State School.
The 2016 federal election polling day. Locals cast their vote at Raceview State School. David Nielsen

OUR SAY: Let's ditch polling day altogether

IF YOU thought there was some doubt in the mind of Page voters, it seems people had their minds made up early on.

Going through the polling numbers, the pre-poll votes, of which there was almost half the electorate, massively favoured Kevin Hogan across the board.

So the question remains, is there any point to a "campaign”?

Is there any point to election day at all?

It's not like the major parties haven't been campaigning for months anyway for our vote.

So let's just open the floodgates and make election day an open festival.

Sure, we'll open the smaller booths for a day just like we do now, but let's drop the pretence that everyone's out of town or stuck in a foreign country.

Once upon a time, you used to get the third degree about being out of town on election day.

And you can't make the 14-hour round trip to get to a booth? You're having triple bypass surgery? Get out of bed and vote. It's only a few numbers!

Now, it's usually one simple question. Are you unable to vote on polling day? Yes. No follow up. It's redundant anyway.

What's more worrying is the high number of informal votes being cast at pre-poll. Look at our booth counts on page 5 and you'll see that people who aren't out to draw pictures on the ballot paper, are going to pre-poll, and wasting their time.

It's great to make up your own mind and ignore the how-to-votes, but not if your vote doesn't count at all.



New RFS volunteers tell of their baptisms of fire

premium_icon New RFS volunteers tell of their baptisms of fire

New RFS volunteers jump straight into the fire.

Councillors split over what constitutes a wildlife corridor

premium_icon Councillors split over what constitutes a wildlife corridor

Decision to delay decision comes at third time of asking

PHOTOS: Action from Daily Examiner shield footy finals

premium_icon PHOTOS: Action from Daily Examiner shield footy finals

All three finals captured by our photographer