Residents warn others about LNP's 'legal' political tactic
GLADSTONE residents have sounded a Facebook warning about a political tactic to find out how constituents vote.
Many local households have received an envelope with the statement "Important postal vote information", including a postal vote application form and advertising material from LNP Flynn member Ken O'Dowd.
While the move is totally legal according to the Australian Electoral Commission, there have been concerns Australia-wide about what happens to the information, which can be sent to the LNP office in the attached reply paid envelope, and includes your name, date of birth, phone number, address and signature.
The AEC encourages voters to lodge their details directly with the AEC via its website or to call for an application form to be posted directly to a home address.
In 2010 there was debate in parliament on proposed amendments to the Electoral Act designed to prohibit additional material being attached to forms and to ensure they were sent directly back to the AEC, but the changes were opposed by the Coalition.
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Candidates for Flynn
- Ken O'Dowd, Liberal National Party
- Chris Trevor, Australian Labor Party
- Steve Ensby, Palmer United Party
- Duncan Scott, Independent
- Richard Love, Katter's Australian Party
- Serena Thompson, Australian Greens
- Renae Moldre, Family First Party