Non-voter adamant he won’t pay
DON Fraser says he will never pay the $100 fine he’s received for not voting in the last state election.
The Alton Downs resident has made his reasons for not voting clear to the Electoral Commission of Queensland and thinks they are more than good enough.
But the Commission doesn’t share his view and has issued him with the $100 fine, after he failed to pay the initial $50 fine, for not voting, in a timely period.
Don says it’s thanks to the redrawing of electoral boundaries at last election that he found himself in the Mirani electorate.
He said he didn’t even know the names of the candidates.
“I had no idea who the candidates were,” Don said.
“I didn’t know these people, and I didn’t want to vote for someone I didn’t know.
“I had no idea of their policies, therefore I decided against casting a donkey vote.”
Don said he would also have had to drive about a 30-kilometre round trip on a bad road to cast his vote.
“I am faced with a $100 fine because the Electoral Commission of Queensland deems my reason for not voting is not good enough,” he said.
“I have no intention of paying this fine.”
“I’ve got news for them: I’ll go to jail before I pay the fine.
“There’s no way I’ll vote for someone I don’t know.”
Don said that with the redrawing of the boundaries he had heard of many people being faced with a similar situation.
He said he had spoken to a number of people who shared similar concerns that they didn’t know anything about the people they were required to vote for.
Mirani, the electorate Don Fraser lives in, encompasses a massive area including Mt Morgan to the south, Dysart to the west and Finch Hatton (near Mackay) to the north.
The redrawn electorate does not take in Rockhampton’s city area.