Ipswich residents reject how to vote cards: Tully
VOTERS across Ipswich are rejecting how to vote card from all political parties in greater numbers than ever before.
Election analyst Cr Paul Tully has been observing elections for over 40 years and said the trend was notable this morning while he was at a booth in Augustine Heights.
The QT has been to several booths and it was evident voters seem to know what they want to do without being coerced.
"I have just been at Augustine Heights booth and 40 to 50% of people are rejecting all how to vote cards, even with the semi-complicated senate ballot paper we have now" Cr Tully said.
"It is the highest number of people I have ever seen to reject all how to vote cards.
"I think that people are more confident.
"There is more information online for people to vote without a how to vote card.
"It is a growing trend.
"When I first came to the Ipswich area in 1974 you might get 5% of people rejecting all how to vote cards.
"Now it is between 40 to 50%, which is exceptionally high.
"What people have said to me is that they have the information they want on their iphones and they use that.
"And some people just don't want to run the gauntlet of having people thrusting cards in their faces"
Blair MP Shayne Neumann backed Cr Tully's assessment, telling the QT this morning that "a lot fewer people are taking how to vote cards and a lot fewer people have voted on the day".
It will be interesting to see how the trend plays out, particularly in Blair.
The Greens are the most organised of the minor parties with how to vote cards and many Green voters will preference Labor.
But the QT has also done some spot polling at the Ripley booth and support for One Nation in the lower house was high.
One Nation has preferenced the LNP in Blair but how many voters follow the script will be a key issue in determining whether LNP candidate Teresa Harding can get enough of a flow to make up the 5% swing she needs to topple Mr Neumann.