Mum questioning $100 voting fine
AN APPARENT voting mix-up has left an Urangan mum thoroughly confused, facing the possibility of having to plead her case in court.
Wendii Easton claims she stands mistakenly accused of failing to vote in Queensland's March election, despite subsequent written protests that she lodged her preferred choice of candidate.
The 15-year Hervey Bay resident said she was doubly mystified because she voted in the company of her husband and five children; however, her husband received no fine.
"About a month ago I got a letter saying I was being fined $50 for not voting and the (Electoral Commission of Queensland) gave me the option to send a letter back explaining why I had not voted," she said.
"I sent the letter back saying my partner was with me, we both went at the same time, got our names marked off - and I then posted it back the same day.
"Then last week I got another letter saying it was an infringement notice and $100 fine for not voting."
She said during her last conversion with a representative from ECQ she was told she would need to flag her intention to have the matter dealt with in Queensland courts.
An ECQ spokesperson said information on individual cases could not be publicly released.