Esperance Shire council election day draws near

The Shire of Esperance is urging electors who have not already voted to hand their votes in at the shire. Photo: Jake Dietsch.
The Shire of Esperance is urging electors who have not already voted to hand their votes in at the shire. Photo: Jake Dietsch.

There is just over one week left to vote in the Esperance Shire council election.

Ballots can be handed into the Shire Administration Building up until 6pm on election day, Saturday, October 19. Votes will be counted once the polls close.

The Shire of Esperance is urging electors who have not already voted to hand their votes in.

If you post your vote now, it may not be in on time and might not be counted.

Data from the WA Electoral Commission shows as of today, October 11, 35.88 per cent (976 votes) of the 2,720 packages sent out in the Rural Ward had been returned.

In the Town Ward, 30.25 per cent (2032 votes) of the 6,717 packages sent out had been returned.

These numbers refer to posted votes and don't include votes handed in at the shire.

Voter turnout is on track to be similar to the last Esperance election in 2017. Turnout was 30.43 per cent in the Town Ward and 33.37 per cent in the Rural Ward at an equivalent time prior to that election.

Final voter turnout in the last Esperance council election was 45.05 per cent in the Town Ward, 54.66 per cent in the Rural Ward and 49.7 per cent across the shire.

Although a slight majority didn't vote in the last election, 2017 actually represented a big increase in turnout from the election before in 2015, with only 34.77 per cent turnout in the Town Ward and 39.65 per cent for the Rural Ward.

This year, a total of 1,532,660 election packages were sent out to voters in cities, towns and shires across WA.

The data from the electoral commission indicates voters in Esperance are far more engaged in local politics than the average West Australian.

So far 18.83 per cent have been returned statewide via post, compared to 31.87 per cent across the two Esperance wards.

Timothy Holland casts his ballot.

Timothy Holland casts his ballot.

There are five spots on council up this election, with three in the Town Ward and two in the Rural Ward.

The candidates in the Town Ward, in the order they will appear on the ballot, are Kevin Neale, Colin Stewart, Jo-Anne O'Donnell, Cr Ron Padgurskis, Richard Grant, Brian Pearce, Jennifer Obourne, Ron Chambers, Nils Blumann and Barry Wroth.

The Rural Ward candidates are Ian Mickel, Shire deputy president Natalie Bowman, Wes Graham and Paul Griffiths.

Candidates in both wards made their pitch to voters at Meet the Candidates forums. To read what candidates in the Town Ward said click here, to read what candidates in the Rural Ward said click here.

The shire will be open from 8am on election day.

More information on how to vote is available on the shire's website.