I’ve been out and about talking with locals and I forecast that it’s going to be a rather low key, ho-hum Council election.
The voter participation was expected to be about 30%, no higher.
I reckon it will be way down, perhaps as low as 20-25%.
Voters know that it is not compulsory. They know there will be no fine for not voting.
They are also tired of voting.
There was the Federal election followed by the State election 6 months later.
Now, 6 months later there are Council elections.
The difference is that this time, they don’t have to vote.
Another factor is that there isn’t a Mayoral election. Mayor Lachlan Clyne got elected unopposed ie. not one person stood against him.
If there is a Mayoral election, then that usually pumps up the voter participation by around 5%.
Meanwhile, all is quiet on the Goodwood Ward front.
No-one is distributing leaflets. Everyone is keeping their powder dry. No candidate wants their magic words to appear on another candidate’s leaflet.
This year I will NOT be erecting signs on stobie poles.
They are seen by most as visual pollution.
They achieve little other than annoy people and muck-up the streetscape.