November 18th 2008
Don't forget to vote
This Saturday, November 22, Magnetic Islanders, along with the rest of Townsville's voters, will be off to a polling booth once again to elect one new Townsville City Councillor. But who to vote for? To help, Magnetic Times has invited as many of the candidates as we could contact to use our comments box and give us their pitch. So expect to read what they have to say soon.
The by-election was called following the resignation of Magnetic Island's, former designated Councillor, Rob McCahill.
This year Magnetic Island will have only two polling places. They are the Magnetic Island State School in Nelly Bay and the Magnetic Island Bowls Club at Arcadia and will be open from 8am till 6pm.
If you are unable to attend an ordinary polling place on November 22 you can cast your vote at booths set up at the Townsville City Council Administration Buildings at 103 Walker Street and 86 Thuringowa Drive.
The pre-polling centres will be open from Monday to Friday between 8am and 5pm.
Eligible electors will need to fill out an application form to declare their reasons for requiring a pre-poll vote.
Voting is compulsory and all enrolled voters across the city will be eligible to cast a ballot due to Townsville's current non-divisional electoral system.
The first past the post electoral system will be used to decide the outcome of the by-election.
For information on the location of all the other polling places across Townsville (click here).
For the record, the candidates are as follows:
3.ELSON, Trevor Mark
4.STIRLING, Jenny (Queensland Greens)
As mentioned, Magnetic Times has invited all of the candidates we could contact (13 out of 14) to provide us with 200 words about themselves and their policies with particular emphasis towards Magnetic Island. These will (hopefully) soon be appearing in the comments section below and, of course, that is where you too can comment as a reader on the election and what the candidates may have to say for themselves.
To add your comment,
or read those of others, see below