Yesterday I put up a poll asking your opinion regarding the Warrumbungle Shire Council General Manager role controversy that is in play at the moment. I made sure the poll would only let people vote once. Someone right this minute is going to a LOT of trouble to cheat on behalf of the choice that lets you agree with the council decision to retain and extend Steve Loane’s contract.

A lot of discussion was raised and lots of votes (not cheating votes) were submitted. It seems this is a sore point in the town people are angry about council performance in general.

I’m not going to explain how to cheat – but like anything on the internet, where there’s a will there’s a way. Also there’s always a log. It first became clear that there was a problem when the percentage votes for each vote started to change drastically. Votes had been steady at around 60% for opening up the contract to new candidates immediately, 30% to wait a year and then interview candidates and 10% council had made the right decision with the contract (nice to see nobody didn’t have an opinion!). The 10% in favour for the council did a massive jump and that led me to look at the logs. Sure enough there was (and it’s still going on) a cheater going hell for leather trying to skew the results.

Now if you are going to cheat at anything , being intelligent about it would probably be the best way to go about it. So either whoever it is is not very smart, or they know they will get caught. We can speculate why they would want to get caught – or we can assume they aren’t smart. The poll uses 2 ways to check whether you have voted before so maybe they don’t realise their cheating is very visible? They don’t have a standard home ISP which makes it curiouser and curiouser.

At the time of writing over 40 votes for the council decision are bogus and still going.

The question needs to be asked – who would profit from cheating to ensure the council looks like they did the right thing? Or why would they want the results to look that way?

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