[First filed: October 16, 2008 @ 13:34]
A growing number of readers are getting in touch reporting that operatives of political parties are handing out election material inside the 100m exclusion zone around polling places.
Questioning these operatives about their practice is in most cases met with abuse or lies.
Elections ACT was moved yesterday to issue a media release announcing that Polling Area Managers now have a 100m piece of string with which to police the boundary.
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Reports from the field suggest they’re still struggling with this one.
So please. If you see an operative too close to a polling place take a photo of them and send it in to firstname.lastname@example.org
UPDATED: As 100 metres seems to be a concept beyond many party workers we’ve decided to help them out. My flatmate and I have just been down to the Dickson oval 100 metre running track and here’s what the distance looks like (also proving that it takes a RiotACT Overlord about a minute and half to walk 100m backwards):
Another Update: Jon Reynolds has sent in a photo of the electoral commissioner with an officially measured piece of string. Enjoy:
Further Update: That white building, at most 50 metres behind Zed is the Baker Gardens polling place in Ainslie. He’s not alone, the Greens’ Shane Rattenbury and fellow Liberal Belinda Barnier are in the same cluster.
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