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On the length of a piece of string – or the dobbing in of cheating cheats

By johnboy 18 October 2008 103

[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.

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 images@the-riotact.com

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.

Got more? Send them in to images@the-riotact.com

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Granny 7:08 pm 19 Oct 08

So it doesn’t sound like anything dire and terrible has happened to you yet, jakez. No horse’s heads in your bed or concrete boots in Burley Griffin ….

A bit of an anticlimax really!

*chuckle*

jakez 12:11 am 19 Oct 08

Gerry-Built said :

I kinda miss the “I wouldn’t vote for your f-ing party!” rebuffs… If they can’t take it, they shouldn’t be there! ;-P

I’ll have to remember that chain of logic the next time I want to be a complete wanker.

Gerry-Built 9:15 pm 18 Oct 08

Oh, and at MacGregor Primary – things looked OK on the 100m rule (though testing it with the string would have proven interesting as there was a collection of pushers on the nearest front lawn (I know Johnboy, no camera… sorry…). No “pamphlet pushers” in sight… I kinda miss the “I wouldn’t vote for your f-ing party!” rebuffs… If they can’t take it, they shouldn’t be there! ;-P

Apparently their book sale and sausage sizzle was a success – good onya volunteer sausage sizzlers across Canberra!

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