Pre-polling facility opens on Kangaroo Island

KI POLLING: Federal Member Rebekha Sharkie, Wendy and Paul Bennett and KI Liberal Party branch treasurer Lisa Crago.
KI POLLING: Federal Member Rebekha Sharkie, Wendy and Paul Bennett and KI Liberal Party branch treasurer Lisa Crago.

Kangaroo Island's first pre-polling voting facility opened at the Kingscote town hall on Tuesday, May 14.

The polling place will remain open for voting each day from 8.30am to 5pm until Friday.

Voting on election day on Saturday will be at the KICE Kingscote campus, and at the usual locations at Parndana, Penneshaw and American River.

Federal Member for Mayo Rebekha Sharkie on Tuesday travelled to KI to hand out how-to-vote cards at the pre-poll voter facility.

Also present were Liberal Party KI branch president Kevin Riggs and treasurer Lisa Crago, as well as other volunteers from the Centre Alliance and Liberal parties.

Ms Sharkie she said she successfully advocated for the polling place on KI. She said this was the first pre-poll facility for KI and thanked the Australian Electoral Commission (AEC).

The Island community felt it was really unfair that they didn't get a pre-poll facility during the by-election last year and when they raised it with me I took up their request with the AEC," she said.

"The AEC initially rebuffed the idea, saying the Island population was too small but then changed their mind after I wrote back and pointed out that Thursday Island in the Torres Strait, which has a similar voter population, was provided with pre-poll voting in the last Federal Election as was Phillip Island in Victoria, which has a bridge to the mainland.

"While four days does not match the three-weeks allocated to some pre-poll centres on our mainland during the 2019 Federal Election, this extra time does offer more opportunity for Islanders to exercise their democratic responsibilities."

The AEC acknowledged that the closest alternative early voting centre was in Victor Harbor, which is a 45-minute ferry trip and then a 60km, 45-minute drive, she said.

Liberal candidate for Mayo Georgina Downer meanwhile on Tuesday attended a dinner the RFDS Women of the Fleurieu.

"The Fleurieu Support Group of the Royal Flying Doctor Service are an active group of inspiring women raising awareness and funds for a cause close to their hearts," she posted on Facebook.

"Guest speaker, Victoria McKirdy, CEO of the City of Victor Harbor gave a snap shot into her personal life, career, the daily balancing act and her emphasis on grabbing opportunities and setting goals."