IF you haven't yet voted in this year's council election the last chance to do so is to deposit your postal vote in the ballot box at the Derwent Valley Council Chambers in Circle St by 10am tomorrow (Tuesday). Votes sent by post today are not expected to arrive in time to be counted.
Some 4022 votes in the local election had been returned by last Friday's mail, which is a participation rate of 53.51% so far. This is marginally ahead of the state average which is now 53.21%. The two island municipalities (King and Flinders) are way out in front with a return rate of approximately 77% each, while Clarence, West Tamar and Launceston continue to lag behind.
Counting of the votes will start later in the day tomorrow. The Tasmanian Electoral Commission expects to be able to make available some early figures for the mayoral and deputy mayoral elections from around 6.30pm. Early councillor voting figures should be
available from around 7.30pm.
Results will be posted at the tally rooms, on the TEC website (www.tec.tas.gov.au), and on the ElectionsTas smartphone app. The southern tally room will be at the C3 Convention Centre, Anglesea St, South Hobart - open from 6pm and all are welcome.
Any elector who has not yet received their ballot pack should drop in to the council chambers to ask for a replacement pack.
Meet all the Derwent Valley Council election candidates.