THE Tasmanian Electoral Commission reports that the response rate for this year's local government elections has climbed to 44.29%, compared to 41.58% at the same stage of the 2011 elections. Electoral Commissioner Julian Type encouraged all electors, who have not already done so, to take the time to record their votes and post them as soon as possible to ensure they are counted.
“Consider your vote right away so that you don’t miss the deadline,” Mr Type said. Votes must be received by 10am this Tuesday, October 28. As of yesterday's mail, 166,000 votes had been returned so far, including 3331 votes in the Derwent Valley Council election.
Counting of votes will start on Tuesday afternoon at centres in Devonport, Glenorchy and Launceston. Progressive first preference figures are expected to be posted from about 6pm onwards. The figures will be available on the TEC website, and will also be posted at the TEC tally room in the Hound and Horse Bar, Tattersalls Park (Elwick Racecourse) which will be open to the media, candidates and the public from 5pm.