It's in the post for candidates
THE Lockyer Valley is one of the few areas that will not be going to the polling booths today.
Voting for the Lockyer Valley Regional Council has been conducted entirely by postal votes this election.
Incumbent mayor Steve Jones said he has been told up to 12,000 votes, close to two-thirds of the final number, have already been cast.
Cr Jones yesterday said he was confident of being re-elected.
"I think it'll be fine," he said.
"No one ever really knows with elections - there have been plenty of elections that went one way after everyone thought it would go another.
"But everything I've been hearing has been all positive."
Cr Jones said residents of the Lockyer Valley were looking for strong local representation.
"The main thing people want is a voice to stand up for them.
"People feel like they are being done over by policies and legislation in state and federal governments so they want council to speak for them."
His lone competitor for the position of mayor, Glenroy Logan, said he believed he was in with a strong chance of victory.
"I'm feeling good about the election," he said.
"I'm reasonably comfortable; I certainly hope it gets to 50-50 although I'd be a lot happier if it was 60-40 in my favour."
Mr Logan said he was concerned a lack of polling booths could lead to low voter turnout.
"I don't think the current council or the electoral commission have done a good job selling this (only postal votes)," he said.
"There could be a high informal vote and a lot of people who don't vote at all."
Mr Logan, who is running for mayor a second time after a long career in local government, said he would not be running for any further public office if he lost.
"If I'm not successful (today) this might be my final stint at public life."
Mr Logan echoed Cr Jones' beliefs that a large number of people had voted early.
"A lot of people I talked to have already cast their votes.
"That was a bit disappointing from a campaign perspective. It made talking to people in the final days and even week a bit meaningless."
The Lockyer Valley council opted for an entirely postal vote election in an effort to cut costs associated with running polling booths across such a large area.
Postal votes must be completed by 6pm today.