I cannot remember a council election like this one. Aside from the friction between candidates, its administration has been poor. The Victorian Electoral Commission is responsible for running the election and it has failed.
We crossed the mighty Kingsway to the girls school known as MacRob where there was a polling booth. The distance from home might be 300 metres. Why are all these people handing out Junction Ward leaflets when we are in Emerald Hill Ward? It was a voting booth for Junction Ward residents of course. I had checked on the VEC website and the list gave no indication of which booth was for which ward in the list I looked at.
No, we were supposed to travel on a further kilometre to South Melbourne Town Hall to vote. We didn't have time for a long walk, nor time to return and get the car from home, and so chose to vote absentee, meaning we had no pamphlets about each candidate. I would have like some to reassure myself, but I knew who I was voting for. R did not, and so randomly numbered candidates.
Surely someone at the VEC looked at a map and thought about hundreds of residents in the nearby highrise apartments who might want to come and vote at the by far closest booth to where they live, rather than pass it by, on to a booth much further away.
Further, I understand from a person I spoke to that the 'system', had crashed and the back up system would not do what she needed it to do. Everything she had to do had to be done manually.
This farce just tops off the ridiculous amount of electioneering rubbish that has turned up in our letter box for wards and municipalities that have nothing to do with us.
And how is this for a nice piece of reverse racism? Ad Rad, who was born and grew up in Australia and does not read Chinese, gets election paraphernalia in his letter box in Chinese only because his family name is Chinese. There are disgraceful assumptions going on here. Even our friend Manny in Malaysia, who is Chinese Malaysian, does not read Chinese.
Someone at the VEC needs to do a bit of stomping with a heavy boot and keep things under control in the future. The VEC also needs to use some common sense when choosing the location for voting booths. This election, VEC fail.