Redland City Council calls for postal ballot for 2020 local government election

REDLAND City Council will apply for the 2020 local government election to be run by a postal ballot.

Councillors decided on the move on Wednesday after being told the boundaries of two divisions needed to change because the number of enrolled voters was too high.

According to a council report, the Electoral Commissioner of Queensland had found the number of voters in divisions 3 and 6 was higher than the average enrolment of 10840 per division.

Division 3, covering Thornlands and Cleveland South and held by Cr Paul Golle, had 12098 voters.

Division 6, held by Cr Julie Talty, covers Mount Cotton, Sheldon, Thornlands, Victoria Point and Redland Bay and has 12371 voters.

Cr Talty said the boundary of her electorate had changed before the past three local government elections due to growth in the area.

She expected it to change in 2020 and 2024.

Cr Talty said that she would share information about changes with voters, particularly after incorrect information about changes was given to voters in 2016.

Councillors Paul Gleeson and Tracey Huges opposed the move to have a postal ballot.

Cr Gleeson said he was against people being forced to do a postal vote.

He said many people would not go to the trouble of posting their vote.

Cr Huges said a postal ballot would cater for island residents and people who were elderly but she did not support the move for all voters.

Cr Murray Elliott said he supported the change as voters would avoid having to stand outside in lines to cast their ballot and would adjust to the change.

Cr Mark Edwards said supported the change but did not expect the Electoral Commission would agree.

Cr Paul Bishop called for a review of the boundary change before the 2016 local government election that saw Commonwealth land at Birkdale and five voters moved from his division (10) to Division 9.

His motion was not supported by the majority of councillors.