Postal voting won't save council money

Letter to the editor from Lynda Pearce, Kin Kora

RE postal voting for council (October 24, 2014), how will corruption be prevented when postal votes are counted and how will the validity of votes be assured?

Money saved on workers at booths will be spent on workers to count postal votes.

There are pre-poll voting centres and postal voting available now for those on shift work or who will be absent.

Stationery would still be used to produce voting forms and information on candidates.

Paper comes from pine trees grown especially for the production of paper.

For those concerned about the waste of paper involved in voting once every three years, there is a lot more waste in the world.

On average, it's just as quick to vote at a polling booth as it is to fill in and post a postal vote, particularly if it has to be certified by a JP.

All postal voting would mean is a huge increase in people who could not be bothered voting, so the council would not be representative of the city's occupants.

Email your letter to or post it to PO Box 351, Gladstone, Qld, 4680. 

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