Low voter rates recorded for Perth’s biggest council

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STIRLING ratepayers have one of the lowest response rates in the upcoming local government election.

The WA Electoral Commission has received 3902 returned votes as of October 4 from the more than 146,000 electoral packages sent.

The highest response rate of 3.55 per cent was in the Doubleview Ward, where 790 people have voted so far.

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The Coastal Ward recorded the lowest rate of 1.11 per cent, or 232 people.

A Town of Cottesloe ward has the highest Perth metropolitan council response rate at 21.99 per cent, while just 56 Joondalup ratepayers have voted.

Voters will elect Stirling’s next mayor for the first time, with six candidates vying for the position, and another eight positions on council are up for grabs.

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Polls close on October 19 at 6pm and as well as returning ballot papers via mail, electors can lodge them in person prior to election day (up to October 18) at Inglewood, Mirrabooka, Osborne and Scarborough libraries and prior to or on election day at the City of Stirling administration building at 25 Cedric Street, Stirling.

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