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Flynn voters say balls to ballot, preferring a vote for Dick

AN APN survey is showing optimism around the new government, but it seems several thousand voters in Flynn couldn't give a hoot - preferring to leave rude pictures or profanity on their ballot papers.

Divisional returning officer Jane Donnelly said in Flynn more than 4000 voters hadn't bothered to have their say about who should govern.

While the count continues, she said the number of informal votes had dropped slightly to 5.10%, compared to 5.33% in 2010.

"I was pleased to see an improvement in formal votes, but the informals this time were lots of drawings or a tick in the box," she said.

And she said that "male genitalia" was the most common design that disenchanted Flynn voters left on their ballot papers.

"They don't realise we've got nothing to do with the politicians and these mature-aged ladies (counting the ballots) have seen it before," she said.

Ms Donnelly, who has to double-check every informal vote, said there were a lot less "donkey votes" this time around, where people number the boxes from top to bottom.

She said a targeted campaign had reduced the number of informals at booths in Mt Larcom and Woorabinda.

"We had extra AEC people trained to spend time with electors to explain the process in more detail," she said.

Mt Larcom cut its informal votes from 9.05% in 2010 to 4.53%, while Woorabinda went from 12.56% to 7.34%.

Meanwhile, a quarter of regional voters surveyed said they were much more optimistic about business opportunities under the new LNP Federal Government, while 70% said they were at least as optimistic as they had been under Labor.

Almost 2000 people across regional Queensland and New South Wales took part in the online poll.

On the issue of regional development though, nearly half were less optimistic.

But 18% much more optimistic now the LNP was in charge.

Flynn voters:

  • Enrolment: 95,183
  • Formal votes: 80,857
  • Informal votes: 4349
  • Total votes: 85,206

Topics:  australian electoral commission, federal election 2013, flynn




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