Crackdown on volunteers at voting centres

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Political volunteers campaigning outside some polling centers in Victoria will see their numbers limited after repeated bad behavior.

Victoria’s Electoral Commission announced on Wednesday that it had issued a ruling to ensure safe and secure voting, starting with the Watergardens town center stand.

“Due to repeated issues from those campaigning outside, we will be limiting the number of campaigners allowed for each candidate or party on the (Sydenham) district ballot,” Acting Electoral Commissioner Dana said. Fleming in a statement.

“The need to take this action is disappointing, but unfortunately necessary. The safety of voters and our election workers is our priority.”

Ms Fleming said most voters reported positive experiences when deciding who would form the next Victorian government, but a small number of campaigners were “behaving badly”.

The decision was rendered on Tuesday and all parties have been notified.

This is not the first time that the electoral commission has denounced the behavior of activists during this election.

On November 17, she issued a warning that voters, election workers, other volunteers and nearby traders had felt unsafe or intimidated and the commission would request police intervention or limit the number of volunteers if she continued.

The commission also announced it would open a drive-thru voting center for people infected with COVID-19 who missed the application deadline for a 6 p.m. absentee ballot on Wednesday.

The voting center will be available at 149 Barries Road, Melton West between 9 a.m. and 5 p.m. Thursday and Friday, and 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. on Election Day, Saturday.

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