THERE will be no extraordinary election to fill the Toodyay Shire Council vacancy caused by the resignation of Cr Kate Wood.
Instead the WA Electoral Commissioner has agreed that her East Ward seat can be included in elections in October this year when four councillors are up for election for a four-year term.
The seat vacated by Mrs Wood will be for a two-year term.
Nominations usually open two months before the poll and for the first time, the elections may involve postal voting.
Councillors eligible to stand for re-election are David Dow (Central Ward), Brian Rayner (North Ward), Paula Greenway (West Ward) and Therese Chitty (East Ward).
Because there are two vacancies in the East Ward, the candidate who polls the most votes will be elected for a four-year term, and the candidate next in line will take the two-year term and have to stand for re-election in 2019.
Voting is not compulsory, and the voter turnout at the 2015 council poll was under 30 per cent.
In 2015, some shire councils ran postal elections and the voter numbers improved dramatically.
Toodyay CEO Stan Scott recommended at the April council meeting that the WAElectoral Commission conduct a postal election for Toodyay at a quoted cost of $23,000.
Excluding the CEO’s time in the lead-up to the 2015 Toodyay ballot, the cost of the shire election was slightly under $10,500.
The additional cost for contracting the commission to conduct a postal ballot this year would therefore be about $13,000.
Councillors decided that the matter should be discussed at the June council forum with a decision being made at the ordinary council meeting.