Voter turnout: it's not just apathetic, it's pathetic
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By Greg Tourelle

It might be harsh to suggest English rugby referee Wayne Barnes is responsible for the low turnout for this weekend's local body elections, but someone has to carry the can.

The Rugby World Cup has been cited as one distraction that has caused low voting returns just three days out from the elections, and it could be that Barnes' performance has had an electoral impact here.

The ref shouldn't be blamed for the loss, but there's anecdotal evidence to suggest some fans are so consumed by the loss, they just can't find the enthusiasm to vote.

There's no evidence that some fans screwed up their voting forms and threw them away but it could have happened.

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