Results are in on poll statistics

THE final costings and statistics on the 2010 Southern Downs Regional Council by-election have been compiled and the result is pretty good.

Returning officer Trudy Fraser presented her report into the by-election to the council general meeting on Wednesday and she said that the total rate of return for the election was a pleasing 86.27 per cent of the 23,393 ballot papers sent out.

However there was a high number of informal votes, 605, and 156 votes were received after the declaration of the poll.

The standout figure was 746 ballot papers being returned to sender, prompting a call for voters to update their details in the electoral roll.

The overall rate of formal vote return was a “quite reasonable” 79.75 per cent.

The cost of the election worked out to $56,771, with staff costs of $20,609 being the highest money burner.

Postage worked out to $16,763 and ballot materials amounted to $14,743 while the cost of advertising was $3465 and miscellaneous costs worked out to $200.

Mrs Fraser said there were a number of issues with the postal vote process she thought were worth noting.

She said the preparation and handling of ballot materials for a postal ballot involved significant time and expense, which she believed estimated to be more than a polling booth alternative.



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