HAVE you received an Electoral Postal Vote Application form in the mail? Reader Roslyn Tapp did and she said it was very confusing.
The form has been professionally printed with Nationals candidate for Lyne David Gillespie's photo and address details. There are two return addresses shown, firstly the reply paid address for the Australian Electoral Commission and a second postage paid address in Port Macquarie. Roslyn said she was concerned about privacy as it would appear the form gets returned to the candidate.
"I've been looking at it for days," said Roslyn, "it doesn't look genuine."
We spoke with David who told us the Australian Electorial Commission does not distribute postal vote applications to every household. Candidates are allowed to print them themselves to AEC specificiations and distribute them to households in their electorate. "The feedback I've been getting is that this is a valuable service to residents who can't get out on polling day," said David who assured us no taxpayer funds have been used to print or distribute the material.
Roslyn was happy to concede the forms are legitimate but she said she thinks the forms should go straight back to the AEC and not via the candidates office. "I think it's wrong," she said.
For the forms to go straight back to the AEC you can use the Australian Electoral Commission address printed on the form.