GREY NOMAD: Jorg Breitkopf, 74, from Nelson Bay, NSW, said he was disappointed he couldn't vote in Mundubbera and would need to travel to Biloela to do so.
GREY NOMAD: Jorg Breitkopf, 74, from Nelson Bay, NSW, said he was disappointed he couldn't vote in Mundubbera and would need to travel to Biloela to do so. Alex Treacy

'I don't think it's very fair': How do grey nomads vote?

JORG Breitkopf, 74, was excited to vote on Saturday.

He presented himself at Mundubbera QCWA alongside his wife, only to be told he would have to travel to Biloela to vote.

The reason?

The Breitkopfs, who were staying at Three Rivers Tourist Park, are travelling around Australia and are from Nelson Bay in New South Wales, which is in the division of Paterson.

As such, they were required to vote at an interstate polling booth, the nearest being Biloela.

"I think it's disgusting,” Mr Breitkopf said.

"How sad is that, both of us can't have our say because we are travelling.

"Why should we have to drive to the Biloela polling booth?”

Mr Breitkopf said he and his wife provided their driver's licence details at the Mundubbera polling booth to try and save themselves from the fine they are now expecting to receive.

"There's got to be a lot of grey nomads in the same boat as us,” he said.

"I don't think it's very fair, we are all Australians.”

However, a representative for the Australian Electoral Commission said there was a simple reason why not all polling booths could cater for interstate votes.

"We print more than 50 million ballot papers, if we had to include ballot papers for each of the 151 divisions to the 7000-plus polling booths we supply, we would need to print a hell of a lot more than 50 million,” the spokesman said.

There were 77 interstate polling booths in Queensland.


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