Paltry turnout

WA is getting some woefully low return numbers on the first day of pre-polling for the Perth and Fremantle by-elections.

Australian Electoral Commission figures show that the Perth pre-poll had just 264 votes and Freo had 238.

Meanwhile Mayo’s by-election in South Australia got 968 people lodging a ballot on the first day, and Longman in QLD had 676.

Braddon in Tasmania also turned out in better numbers, with 535 first-day voters.

Labor Perth candidate Patrick Gorman said it’s important that people have their say.

“Our community has an important choice at this election and I don’t want anyone to waste their vote,” he says.

“I have been an election observer in Afghanistan and know how lucky we are in Australia to have a healthy democracy.

“If you need to vote early you can go to the Morley Markets and have your voice heard.” There’s also a CBD pre-polling booth at the QBE building on St George’s Terrace.

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