VOTE CONCERN: One reader is concerned about pre-polling.
VOTE CONCERN: One reader is concerned about pre-polling.

LETTER: Postal vote concern

AFTER the recent election I noticed that a number of incumbent members who were behind in the primary count showed an amazing degree of confidence that they would win their seat when the postal votes were counted.

I thought this to be odd so I did a bit of investigating.

Apparently the system used is that the incumbent having the resources of their taxpayer-funded offices send out huge numbers of application forms to random voters advising that it is OK to request a postal vote. This letter also contains a pre- addressed official-looking return envelope that just so happens to be to a party postal box.

Therefore unwillingly the innocent voter by return mail is sent an official voting form and accompanying it is a party how-to-vote form.

The idea of course is that the voters by and large will follow the party how-to-vote instruction when filling out the official voting form donkey fashion.

This must work to some degree as past voting statistics inform the incumbent that a average percentage of these votes will be achieved.

Guess what readers? This is all perfectly legal.

So what hope do the other candidates for the seat have as they do not have the taxpayer-funded financial resources to combat the incumbent?

This is why it is so hard to unseat the sitting member unless the opposition party throws funds to the challenger's campaign.

Once again we are manipulated by the machine.

How do we change this sort of process? I guess that we should protest in a loud voice to change the system back to what it was years ago when you had to personally apply to your local electoral office and they, only they, would send out postal voting forms without party how-to-vote cards.

If this was to happen then a certain degree of fairness would be present.



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