Ready for election fever
THE Gympie region will spend the next few weeks in the grip of two election campaigns - a local by-election to decide a new mayor and a State Election to decide a new Member of Parliament.
It is unfortunate both elections will be in full swing at the same time as it more than a little confusing, and for many people, makes for boring reading.
It is our job to walk that fine line between keeping everybody informed on all the issues and personalities in both elections, while being fair and balanced and not boring anyone to death.
So bear with us.
In a nutshell, Gympie region residents will vote twice in the next four weeks. One will be a postal vote you will receive in the mail late this month, and one will be at the polling booth on January 31. Voting in both elections is compulsory.
"Optional preferential voting" in the by-election simply means voters can choose to list their preferred candidates in order, or just vote "1". It does not mean voting is "optional".