This week I wrote an opinion piece that was published in the Daily Telegraph, “Yet another election stuff up”. The piece was intended to raise awareness of the City of Sydney’s failed efforts to enrol businesses to vote in the upcoming September election.
You can read the article out here.
One of the main issues raised was that more than 10,000 letters were sent to businesses with incorrect cut-off dates and rather than write to let people know, Council attempted to inform people of the correct date via its website. Also, throughout the enrolment process the call centre continued to give people conflicting and incorrect information. The whole process seemed set up to fail.
At the time of writing this post, business registration for the upcoming election is now closed. The City of Sydney will hand the register to the NSW Electoral Commission on the 1st August and they will then develop the roll. I will be very interested to see how many businesses managed to navigate the confusing process of enrolment. I fear not many.
Over the past few weeks I have been working hard to ensure that business owners know they have the right to vote and helping them fill in multiple forms.
Small business deserves a voice. The fact that so many did not know they were required to vote has been very disappointing and disheartening to say the least.