Tweed made its vote count in poll

TWEED voters are apparently much smarter and better behaved than those in western Sydney when it comes to casting a proper vote at election time.

A study by the Australia Electoral Commission on voting trends has found a huge increase nationally in informal voting in last year’s federal election.

The worst electorates were in western Sydney, with the Far North Coast electorate of Richmond matching the national average informal vote of 5.5%.

The worst electorate was Fowler in south-western Sydney, which includes Cabramatta, at 15.9%. The best was New England at 0.2%.

The commission also found a “substantial increase in assumed intentional informal voting, in particular blank ballots”.

Federal member for Richmond Justine Elliot called on voters not to waste their votes.

“We are very fortunate to live in a country where every citizen has the right to vote,” Mrs Elliot said.

“It is disappointing that informal votes are cast. I encourage everyone to make their voices heard and exercise their right to vote.”



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