Newspaper article The Queensland Times (Ipswich, Australia)

Thousands Face $50 Fine; Mayor Urges Residents to Contest ,Cyunreasonable' Penalty

Newspaper article The Queensland Times (Ipswich, Australia)

Thousands Face $50 Fine; Mayor Urges Residents to Contest ,Cyunreasonable' Penalty

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Byline: KIERAN BANKS kieran.banks@qt.com.au

MORE than 13,000 Ipswich voters have been fined for failing to cast a ballot in the city council elections earlier this year.

But Mayor Paul Pisasale has urged all those hit with fine, totalling $685,000 across Ipswich, to contest it with Electoral Commission Queensland.

According to ECQ, more than 19,000 Ipswich voters of the 98,669 registered didn't make it to polling booths on the April 28 elections.

About 5500 of those had a legitimate reason for not voting on election day.

Cr Pisasale has called for ECQ not to pursue the fines, saying the people who failed to turn up at polling booths had done nothing wrong.

C[pounds sterling]What they have to take into consideration is the changing around of people's holidays. A lot of it was caused by the government disruption rather than people failing to vote,C[yen] he said.

C[pounds sterling]Hopefully those people can write in to the government and explain why they couldn't vote. …

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