ECQ shouldn’t be so quick to issue fines this year

State Member for Caloundra Mark McArdle has today said he will support any resident of the Caloundra Electorate who receives a fine from the ECQ for not voting at the weekends Council Elections if they were unable to attend a polling booth for health reasons.

“My office, much like many other MP’s offices across the State, have received countless phone calls and emails from concerned residents who made the decision to not attend polling booth for the Council Elections but were unable to secure another means to vote,” Mr McArdle said.

“Over the past few weeks my office has been working hard to assist residents with organising a postal vote application or accessing the phone polling line but understand that due to such high demand many were either unable to obtain a postal vote or successfully complete a phone vote due to ineligibility.

“We are living through extraordinary times and while the process of democracy is critical, so is protecting those in our society who are most vulnerable.

“When it comes to issuing fines for this election I believe the ECQ should be proceeding with a clear understanding of what people were facing and empathy for what is going in the world.

“I will encourage anyone from the Caloundra Electorate who receives a fine from ECQ and was unable to vote for health reasons, to forward a copy of the fine to my office I will be taking it up with ECQ,” Mr McArdle concluded.


Residents of the State Electorate of Caloundra can forward a copy of their ECQ fine by email to Caloundra@parliament.qld.gov.au or send a photo of the fine to 0438 449 243.