Your View: Council elections

MOST councils will have advised residents about the elections due in November this year and they likely included criteria for joining the voting roll.

All Australian citizens over 18 are on the state or federal electoral roll and automatically entitled to vote at council polls.

To my surprise and I am sure to many, voting at council elections is also available to non-Australian citizens who have resided at an address within the council area for one month or more.

There is a fundamental error here.

Even in a sporting club, voting is restricted to full members.

Part-time or associate members may not vote.

Voting should be considered a privilege and not taken lightly and to offer a vote to anyone not a member, like a non-Australian, is inviting a distorted election outcome.

For instance, a group of backpacker seasonal workers who were resident for a few weeks could easily influence an election outcome which may differ from the preference of local residents.

Residents desiring a vote are encouraged to firstly become Australian citizens.

In the interest of genuine accountable government, I believe council elections need to be consistent with state and federal requirements.

State MPs need to be asked to ensure such consistency.

Ken Grundy, Naracoorte

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